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Author Scott, James C., author.

Title The art of not being governed : an anarchist history of upland Southeast Asia / James C. Scott.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009.


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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 442 pages) : illustrations, maps
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Yale agrarian studies series
Yale agrarian studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Contents -- Preface -- 1. Hills, Valleys, and States: An Introduction to Zomia -- 2. State Space: Zones of Governance and Appropriation -- 3. Concentrating Manpower and Grain: Slavery and Irrigated Rice -- 4. Civilization and the Unruly -- 5. Keeping the State at a Distance: The Peopling of the Hills -- 6. State Evasion, State Prevention: The Culture and Agriculture of Escape -- 6Â?. Orality, Writing, and Texts -- 7. Ethnogenesis: A Radical Constructionist Case -- 8. Prophets of Renewal -- 9. Conclusion -- Notes -- Glossary -- A -- C -- G -- H -- K
LM -- N -- O -- P -- S -- T -- W -- Y -- Z -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
Summary For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have fled the projects of the organized state societies that surround them--slavery, conscription, taxes, corvée labor, epidemics, and warfare. This book, essentially an "anarchist history," is the first-ever examination of the huge literature on state-making whose author evaluates why people would deliberately and reactively remain stateless. Among the strategies employed by the people of Zomia to remain stateless are physical dispersion in rugged terrain; agricultural practices that enhance mobility; pliable ethnic identities; devotion to prophetic, millenarian leaders; and maintenance of a largely oral culture that allows them to reinvent their histories and genealogies as they move between and around states. In accessible language, James Scott, recognized worldwide as an eminent authority in Southeast Asian, peasant, and agrarian studies, tells the story of the peoples of Zomia and their unlikely odyssey in search of self-determination. He redefines our views on Asian politics, history, demographics, and even our fundamental ideas about what constitutes civilization, and challenges us with a radically different approach to history that presents events from the perspective of stateless peoples and redefines state-making as a form of "internal colonialism." This new perspective requires a radical reevaluation of the civilizational narratives of the lowland states. Scott's work on Zomia represents a new way to think of area studies that will be applicable to other runaway, fugitive, and marooned communities, be they Gypsies, Cossacks, tribes fleeing slave raiders, Marsh Arabs, or San-Bushmen.
Subject Ethnology -- Southeast Asia.
Peasants -- Political activity -- Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Southeast Asia -- Rural conditions.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
SCIENCE -- General.
Southeast Asia. (OCoLC)fst01240499
Politieke macht.
Chronological Term Since 1945
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Scott, James C. Art of not being governed. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009 9780300152289 (DLC) 2009003004 (OCoLC)301948134
ISBN 9780300156522 (electronic bk.)
0300156529 (electronic bk.)
0300152280 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780300152289 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780300152289 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40019919008
AU@ 000048596236
AU@ 000053298064
AU@ 000058369893
CDX 11415100
CHRRO R005681823
DEBBG BV044116510
DEBSZ 452597285
DEBSZ 493078320
GBVCP 1003620795
NZ1 15322759

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