Social Engineering and the Social Sciences in China, 1919-1949

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Yung-then Chiang tells the story of the origins, visions, and achievements of the social sciences in China during the first half of the twentieth century. He focuses on the efforts of social scientists at three institutions to relate their disciplines to the needs of Chinese society. As all three groups received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, their stories offer a window onto Sino-American interactions, revealing how the social sciences became a lingua franca of the cultural frontier. This study advances our understanding of the transfer, indigenization, and international patronage of social science disciplines.
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"...three well-done case studies...filled with telling detail." American Historical Review

"Social Sciences and Social Engineering in China is a valuable addition to the existing literature on the development of modern academic disciplines in China..." The China Quarterly

"Chiang provides a convincing account of the conflicting agendas of advocates of social service versus those who promoted projects they hoped would change society through "social engineering." He is equally acute in analyzing the gap between Marxist and non-Marxist assumptions. This thoroughly researched book will interest students of American foundations as well as students of modern China." Choice

"...a work whose theses are supported by meticulous archival research, and which at the same time enables the institutions and protagonists it describes to come to life before the eyes of the reader." The International History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521027243
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Modern China Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Names and Romanization
1 Introduction 1
2 The Yanjing Sociology Department: The Social Service Phase, 1919-1925 23
3 The Yanjing Sociology Department: From Social Service to Social Engineering, 1925-1945 46
4 The Nankai Institute of Economics: The Germinating Stage, 1927-1931 78
5 The Nankai Institute of Economics: Academic Entrepreneurship and Social Engineering, 1931-1947 103
6 Marxism, Revolution, and the Study of Chinese Society 136
7 Genesis of a Marxist Social Science Enterprise in the Early 1930s 159
8 The Social Sciences, Agrarian China, and the Advocacy of Revolution 184
9 The Rockefeller Foundation and Chinese Academic Enterprise 222
10 Conclusion: The Legacy 256
Glossary 270
Bibliography 277
Index 293
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