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By Tong Lam

during this path-breaking booklet, Tong Lam examines the emergence of the "culture of truth" in sleek China, exhibiting how elites and intellectuals sought to remodel the dynastic empire right into a geographical region, thereby making sure its survival. Lam argues that an epistemological cut loose from conventional modes of figuring out the observable international all started round the flip of the 20 th century. Tracing the Neo-Confucian institution of evidentiary study and the trendy departure from it, Lam indicates how, in the course of the upward push of the social survey, "the truth" grew to become a easy conceptual medium and resource of fact. In concentrating on China’s social survey circulate, A ardour for Facts analyzes how info generated by way of a number examine practices—census, sociological research, and ethnography—was mobilized by means of competing political factions to visualize, deal with, and remake the nation.

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