Science as Ideology: The Rejection and Reception of Sociobiology in China

Journal of the History of Biology 36 (3):567-578 (2003)
The spread of sociobiology in China is not simply an internal event in the development of science. From the day it was introduced to China, its destiny was closely bound up with the development and change of Chinese society. Although it did not create as great a disturbance as in America, it did have a significant impact in academic circles. However, scholars have paid little attention to these historical events. Today, sociobiology seems outdated and Wilson's grand agenda seems to have faded with the passing of time, but the mark that he made on the history of science is still striking. A review of the process of reception of sociobiology in China is helpful for understanding this theory as well as the society of China.
Keywords culture studies  Edward O. Wilson  evolutionary biology in China  social Darwinism  sociobiology  theory reception
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