Greenhalgh receives Rachel Carson Prize for book on China’s one-child policy
- August 30, 2010
- Award marks the anthropologist’s third major recognition for most recent book on population science and governance in China
Susan Greenhalgh, anthropology professor, has received the Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science for her book, Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng's China, in which she draws on her more than 20 years of research into China's population politics to explore how a team of Chinese missile scientists convinced the country’s government to adopt a strict one-child per couple policy as a means for controlling population growth.
The Carson Prize, which was presented at the society’s annual meeting in Tokyo August
25-29, recognizes Greenhalgh’s work as the best book in science studies in the last
three years with social or political relevance, and marks the third major recognition
the book has received since its publishing in 2008. In March, Greenhalgh received
the Association for Asian Studies's Joseph Levenson Book Prize for the best book on China post-1900, and in 2009, an honorable mention in the Society
for Cultural Anthropology's competition for the Gregory Bateson Book Prize. Just One Child has also been positively reviewed in more than a dozen publications, including Nature, Science, and the Times Literary Supplement.