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The people's Peking man

by Sigrid Schmalzer | 14 November 2008
PAPERBACK
Category: Science Academic
Synopsis
In the 1920s an international team of scientists and miners unearthed the richest evidence of human evolution the world had ever seen: Peking Man. After the communist revolution of 1949, Peking Man became a prominent figure in the movement to bring science to the people. In a new state with twin goals of crushing "superstition" and establishing a socialist society, the story of human evolution was the first lesson in Marxist philosophy offered to the masses. At the same time, even Mao's populist commitment to mass participation in science failed to account for the power of popular culture-represented most strikingly in legends about the Bigfoot-like Wild Man-to reshape ideas about human nature. The People's Peking Man is a skilled social history of twentieth-century Chinese paleoanthropology and a compelling cultural-and at times comparative-history of assumptions and debates about what it means to be human. By focusing on issues that push against the boundaries of science and politics, The People's Peking Man offers an innovative approach to modern Chinese history and the history of science.
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Synopsis
In the 1920s an international team of scientists and miners unearthed the richest evidence of human evolution the world had ever seen: Peking Man. After the communist revolution of 1949, Peking Man became a prominent figure in the movement to bring science to the people. In a new state with twin goals of crushing "superstition" and establishing a socialist society, the story of human evolution was the first lesson in Marxist philosophy offered to the masses. At the same time, even Mao's populist commitment to mass participation in science failed to account for the power of popular culture-represented most strikingly in legends about the Bigfoot-like Wild Man-to reshape ideas about human nature. The People's Peking Man is a skilled social history of twentieth-century Chinese paleoanthropology and a compelling cultural-and at times comparative-history of assumptions and debates about what it means to be human. By focusing on issues that push against the boundaries of science and politics, The People's Peking Man offers an innovative approach to modern Chinese history and the history of science.
€33.60
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Product Details

ISBN - 9780226738604
Format - PAPERBACK
Publisher -
Published - 14/11/2008
Categories - All, Books, Education, Science Academic
No. of Pages - 338
Weight - 500
Edition -
Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 23
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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