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Weapons of the weak : everyday forms of peasant resistance

Author: James C Scott
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1985.
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Weapons of the Weak is an ethnography by James C. Scott that studies the effects of the Green Revolution in rural Malaysia. One of the main objectives of the study is to make an argument that the Marxian and Gramscian ideas of false consciousness and hegemony are incorrect. He develops this conclusion throughout the book, through the different scenarios and characters that come up during his time of fieldwork in the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James C Scott
ISBN: 0300033362 9780300033366 0300036418 9780300036411
OCLC Number: 13557344
Description: xxii, 389 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Small arms fire in the class war --
2. Normal exploitation, normal resistance --
3. The landscape of resistance --
4. Sedaka, 1967-1979 --
ch. 5. History according to winners and losers --
6. Stretching the truth : ideology at work --
7. Beyond the war of words : cautious resistance and calculated conformity --
8. Hegemony and consciousness : everyday forms of ideological struggle.
Other Titles: Everyday forms of peasant resistance
Responsibility: James C. Scott.

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Weapons of the Weak is an ethnography by James C. Scott that studies the effects of the Green Revolution in rural Malaysia. One of the main objectives of the study is to make an argument that the Marxian and Gramscian ideas of false consciousness and hegemony are incorrect. He develops this conclusion throughout the book, through the different scenarios and characters that come up during his time of fieldwork in the village. This publication, based on 2 years of fieldwork (1978-1980), focuses on the local class relations in a small rice farming community of 70 households in the main paddy-growing area of Kedah in Malaysia. Introduction of the Green Revolution in 1976 eliminated 2/3 of the wage-earning opportunities for smallholders and landless laborers. The main ensuing class struggle is analyzed being the ideological struggle in the village and the practice of resistance itself consisting of: foot-dragging, dissimulation, desertion, false compliance, pilfering, feigned ignorance and sabotage acts. Rich and poor are engaged in an unremitting if silent struggle to define changes in land tenure, mechanization and employment to advance their own interests, and to use values that they share to control the distribution of status, land, work and grain.

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Good ethnography

by katein2008 (WorldCat user published 2010-04-15) Very Good Permalink

James Scott’s ethnography Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance is a detailed account of both the culture and history of the Malay people living in the isolated village of Sedaka in Malaysia. The book illustrates the central ideologies and traditions of the population, as...
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