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Author: James C Scott
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2008.
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This sensitive picture of the constant and circumspect struggle waged by peasants materially and ideologically against their oppressors shows that techniques of evasion and resistance may represent the most significant and effective means of class struggle in the long run."A major contribution to peasant studies, Malaysian studies, and the literature on revolutions and class consciousness."--Benedict R. Anderson,  Read more...
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Scott, James C.
Weapons of the Weak : Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James C Scott
ISBN: 9780300153620 0300153627
OCLC Number: 923598929
Description: 1 online resource (423 pages)
Contents: ""Contents""; ""List of Tables""; ""Preface""; ""1. Small Arms Fire in the Class War""; ""Razak""; ""Haji “Broom�""; ""The Symbolic Balance of Power""; ""2. Normal Exploitation, Normal Resistance""; ""The Unwritten History of Resistance""; ""Resistance as Thought and Symbol""; ""The Experience and Consciousness of Human Agents""; ""3. The Landscape of Resistance""; ""Background: Malaysia and the Paddy Sector""; ""Middle Ground: Kedah and the Muda Irrigation Scheme""; ""Landownership""; ""Farm Size""; ""Tenure""; ""Mechanization""; ""From Exploitation to Marginalization""; ""Income"" ""Poverty""""lnstitultional Access""; ""4. Sedaka, 1967-1979""; ""The Village""; ""Rich and Poor""; ""Village Composition""; ""Land Tenure""; ""Changes in Tenancy""; ""Changes in Rice Production and Wages""; ""Local Institutions and Economic Power""; ""The Farmers� Association""; ""The Ruling Party in Sedaka""; ""5. History according to Winners and Losers""; ""Class-ifying""; ""Ships Passing-and Signaling-in the Night""; ""Two Subjective Class Histories of the Green Revolution""; ""Double-cropping and Double Vision""; ""From Living Rents to Dead Rents""; ""Combine-Harvesters"" ""Losing Ground: Access to Paddy Land""""Rituals of Compassion and Social Control""; ""The Remembered Village""; ""6. Stretching the Truth: Ideology at Work""; ""Ideological Work in Determinate Conditions""; ""The Vocabulary of Exploitation""; ""Bending the Facts: Stratification and Income""; ""Rationalizing Exploitation""; ""Ideological Conflict: The Village Gate""; ""Ideological Conflict: The Village Improvement Scheme""; ""Argument as Resistance""; ""7 . Beyond the War of Words: Cautious Resistance and Calculated Conformity""; ""Obstacles to Open, Collective Resistance"" ""The Effort to Stop the Combine-Harvester""""“Routine� Resistance""; ""Trade Unionism without Trade Unions""; ""Imposed Mutuality""; ""Self-help and/or Enforcement""; ""Prototype Resistance""; ""“Routine� Repression""; ""Routine Compliance and Resistance that Covers Its Tracks""; ""Conformity and the Partial Transcript""; ""What Is Resistance?""; ""8 . Hegemony and Consciousness: Everyday Forms of Ideological Struggle""; ""The Material Base and Normative Superstructure in Sedaka""; ""Rethinking the Concept of Hegemony""; ""Penetration""; ""Inevitability, Naturalization and Justice"" ""Conflict within Hegemony""""Trade Union Consciousness and Revolution""; ""Who Shatters the Hegemony?""; ""Appendixes""; ""A . A Note on Village Population, 1967-1979""; ""B. Farm Income Comparisons for Different Tenure and Farm Size Categories: Muda, 1966, 1974, 1979""; ""C. Data on Land Tenure Changes, Net Returns, and Political Office""; ""D. Glossary of Local Terms""; ""E. Translation of Surat Layang""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""Photographs following page 162""
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This sensitive picture of the constant and circumspect struggle waged by peasants materially and ideologically against their oppressors shows that techniques of evasion and resistance may represent the most significant and effective means of class struggle in the long run."A major contribution to peasant studies, Malaysian studies, and the literature on revolutions and class consciousness."--Benedict R. Anderson, Cornell University"The book is a splendid achievement. Because Scott listens closely to the villagers of Malaysia, he enormously expands our understanding of popular ideology and therefore of popular politics. And because he is also a brilliant analyst, he draws upon this concrete experience to develop a new critique of classical theories of ideology."--Frances Fox Piven, Graduate Center of the City University of New York"An impressive work which may well become a classic."--Terence J. Byres, Times Literary Supplement"A highly readable, contextually sensitive, theoretically astute ethnography of a moral system in change ... Weapons of the Weak is a brilliant book, combining a sure feel for the subjective side of struggle with a deft handling of economic and political trends."--John R. Bown, Journal of Peasant Studies"A splendid book, a worthy addition to the classic studies of Malay society and of the peasantry at large ... Combines the readability of Akenfield or Pig Earth with an accessible and illuminating theoretical commentary."--A.F. Robertson, Times Higher Education Supplement"No one who wants to understand peasant society, in or out of Southeast Asia, or theories of change, should fail to read [this book]."--Daniel S. Lev, Journal of Asian Studies"A moving account of the poor's refusal to accept the terms of their subordination ... Disposes of the belief that theoretical sophistication and intelligible prose are somehow at odds."--Ramachandra Guha, Economic and Political Weekly"A seminally important commentary on the state of peasant studies and the global literature ... This enormously rich work in Asian and comparative studies is ... an essential contribution to participatory development theory and practice."--Guy Gran, World DevelopmentJames C. Scott is professor of political science at Yale University.

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