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Seeing like a state : how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed

Author: James C Scott
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1998.
Series: Yale agrarian studies.; Yale ISPS series.
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In this wide-ranging and original book, James C. Scott analyzes failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields. He argues that centrally managed social plans derail when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not - and cannot be - fully understood. Further the success of designs for social organization depends on the recognition that local,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James C Scott
ISBN: 0300070160 9780300070163 0300078153 9780300078152
OCLC Number: 37392803
Description: xiv, 445 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: State projects of legibility and simplification. Nature and space ; Cities, people, and language --
Transforming visions. Authoritarian high modernism ; The high-modernist city : an experiment and a critique ; The Revolutionary Party : a plan and a diagnosis --
The social engineering of rural settlement and production. Soviet collectivization, capitalist dreams ; Compulsory villagization in Tanzania : aesthetics and miniaturization ; Taming nature : an agriculture of legibility and simplicity --
The missing link. Thin simplifications and practical knowledge : mētis ; Conclusion.
Series Title: Yale agrarian studies.; Yale ISPS series.
Responsibility: James C. Scott.
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In this wide-ranging and original book, James C. Scott analyzes failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields. He argues that centrally managed social plans derail when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not - and cannot be - fully understood. Further the success of designs for social organization depends on the recognition that local, practical knowledge is as important as formal, epistemic knowledge. The author builds a persuasive case against "development theory" and imperialistic state planning that disregards the values, desires, and objections of its subjects. And in discussing these planning disasters, he identifies four conditions common to them all: the state's attempt to impose administrative order on nature and society; a high-modernist ideology that believes scientific intervention can improve every aspect of human life; a willingness to use authoritarian state power to effect large-scale innovations; and a prostrate civil society that cannot effectively resist such plans.

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