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Title:The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia
Format Type:Ebook
Author:James C. Scott
Publisher:Yale University Press
ISBN:0300152280
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:464
Category:History, Non fiction, Politics, Anthropology, Asia

The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia 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 corv e 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

Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Perlawanan Kaum Tani, The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia, Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts, Decoding Subaltern Politics: Ideology, Disguise, and Resistance in Agrarian Politics, Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity and Meaningful Work and Play, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, Comparative Political Corruption, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia