Can Science and Technology Save China?

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The AAS Annual Conference is taking place this March and ahead of the event, we asked Susan Greenhalgh and Li Zhang about their research on science and technology in China, how they are interfacing with society, and with what effects.

How do you wish you could change the field of Asian studies?

Asian Studies need to address bigger, timely contemporary issues and challenges facing societies in the region. It needs to do so with fresh ethnographic insights, strong historical sensitivity, and bolder theoretical tools.

This volume does that through the important lens of science and technology studies. Science and technology are vital components of the making of Asian societies and politics.

Drawing on in-depth research conducted over the last decade, this book reveals how science and technology are profoundly remaking Chinese society and politics—but not in the ways intended.

Susan Greenhalgh is the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research Professor of Chinese Society in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.

Li Zhang is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California-Davis.

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