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Making It CountStatistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China$
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Arunabh Ghosh

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691179476

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691179476.001.0001

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To “Ardently Love Our Statistical Work”

To “Ardently Love Our Statistical Work”

State (In)Capacity, Professionalization, and Their Discontents

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(p.176) 6 To “Ardently Love Our Statistical Work”
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Making It Count
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Arunabh Ghosh

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179476.003.0006

This chapter analyzes the variety of stratagems—training, supplementary training, self-study, motivation, and rewards—that were employed to professionalize and maintain a cadre of statistical workers that by 1956 numbered as many as 200,000. It argues that by the mid-1950s the state found itself incapable of training adequate numbers of personnel to meet the demands of the periodic reporting system. The chapter the resulting training and motivation work. It first explores the kinds of statistical training offered by the state. For a select few, such training may have been available at the university level, but the vast majority of statistical workers was trained in technical schools through training courses. But these were inadequate. Self-study thus became a suggested method and it, in turn, casts a firm and unwavering spotlight on morale and its maintenance.

Keywords:   professionalization, statistical workers, statistical training, motivation work, self-study, stratagems, self-study

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