Seeing Like a State

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James C. Scott. Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998. Pp. xiv, 445. Cloth $37.50, paper $16.95.

Summary

Contents:

Part 1: State Projects of Legibilty and Simplification

1. Nature and Space

2. Cities, People, and Language

Part 2: Transforming Visions

3. Authoritarian High Modernism

4. The High-Modernist City: An Experiment and a Critique

5. The Revolutionary Party: A Plan and a Diagnosis

Part 3: The Social Engineering of Rural Settlement and Production

6. Soviet Collectivization, Capitalist Dreams

7. Compulsory Villagization in Tanzania: Aesthetics and Miniaturization

8. Taming Nature: An Agriculture of Legibility and Simplicity

Part 4: The Missing Link

9. Thin Simplifications and Practical Knowledge: M├ętis

10. Conclusion

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