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Title Seeing like a state : how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed / James C. Scott.
Author Scott, James C.
Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, [1998]
Copyright date ©1998
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 445 pages) : illustrations, maps.
text file
Call # eBOOK
Series Yale agrarian studies
Yale ISPS series
Yale agrarian studies.
Yale ISPS series.
Note "The Institution for Social and Political Studies at Yale University."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-434) and index.
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.
pt. 1. State projects of legibility and simplification -- ch. 1. Nature and space -- ch. 2. Cities, people, and language -- pt. .2 Transforming visions -- ch. 3. Authoritarian high modernism -- ch. 4. The high-modernist city : an experiment and a critique -- ch. 5. The Revolutionary Party : a plan and a diagnosis -- pt. 3. The social engineering of rural settlement and production -- ch. 6. Soviet collectivization, capitalist dreams -- ch. 7. Compulsory villagization in Tanzania : aesthetics and miniaturization -- ch. 8. Taming nature : an agriculture of legibility and simplicity -- pt. 4. The missing link -- ch. 9. Thin simplifications and practical knowledge : mētis -- ch. 10. Conclusion.
Summary 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.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (JSTOR platform, viewed January 4, 2017).
Subject Authoritarianism.
Central planning -- Social aspects.
Social engineering.
Authoritarianism. (OCoLC)fst00821640
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Development -- Business Development.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Development -- Economic Development.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Development -- General.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Government & Business.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Structural Adjustment.
Central planning -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00850786
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Economic Policy.
Social engineering. (OCoLC)fst01122444
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Scott, James C. Seeing like a state. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1998 0300070160 9780300070163 (DLC) 97026556 (OCoLC)37392803
ISBN 0300128789 (electronic bk.)
9780300128789 (electronic bk.)

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