Susan Greenhalgh is John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society emerita at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. An anthropologist and specialist on governance and the state, as well as science, technology, and society, she is author of several books on the One-Child Policy, including Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng’s China (University of California Press, 2008) and Governing China’s Population: From Leninist to Neoliberal Biopolitics (co-authored, Stanford University Press, 2005). Her most recent book, on the corporate corruption of science and policy in the United States and China, is Soda Science: Making the World Safe for Coca-Cola (University of Chicago Press, 2024). For more, see

The Biopolitics of the Three-Child Policy

Since the 1980 launch of the One-Child Policy, population has been a fraught domain of Chinese politics. An analysis of Weibo comments suggests that the announcement in the mid-2010s of the Two-Child Policy was met with excitement and hope—a sign that the government had heard the people’s demands and opened the circle of freedom after […]

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