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The Resource Seeing like a state : how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed, James C. Scott

Seeing like a state : how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed, James C. Scott

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Seeing like a state : how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed
Title
Seeing like a state
Title remainder
how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed
Statement of responsibility
James C. Scott
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Language
eng
Summary
Compulsory ujamaa villages in Tanzania, collectivization in Russia, Le Corbusier's urban planning theory realized in Brasilia, the Great Leap Forward in China, agricultural "modernization" in the Tropics the twentieth century has been racked by grand utopian schemes that have inadvertently brought death and disruption to millions. Why do well-intentioned plans for improving the human condition go tragically awry? 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
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Scott, James C
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • Yale agrarian studies
  • Yale ISPS series
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  • Central planning
  • Social engineering
  • Authoritarianism
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Pays en développement
  • Pays de l'Est
  • Economie dirigée
  • Régimes totalitaires
  • Aspects sociaux
  • Authoritarianism
  • Central planning
  • Social engineering
  • Autoritarisme
  • Planeconomie
  • Utopieën
  • Maatschappijverbetering
  • PLANEJAMENTO ECONÔMICO (ASPECTOS SOCIAIS)
  • AUTORITARISMO (SISTEMAS DE GOVERNO)
  • ANTROPOLOGIA CULTURAL E SOCIAL
  • PLANEJAMENTO TERRITORIAL (AVALIAÇÃO)
  • Planification économique
  • Ingénierie sociale
  • Autoritarisme
Label
Seeing like a state : how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed, James C. Scott
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"The Institution for Social and Political Studies at Yale University."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-434) and index
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online resource
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cr
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mixed
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Nature and space -- Cities, people, and language -- Authoritarian high modernism -- The high-modernist city: an experiment and a critique -- The Revolutionary Party: a plan and a diagnosis -- Soviet collectivization, capitalist dreams -- Compulsory villagization in Tanzania: aesthetics and miniaturization -- Taming nature: an agriculture of legibility and simplicity -- Thin simplifications and practical knowledge: mētis -- Conclusion
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ocn191730771
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 445 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300128789
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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  • 22573/ctt112ngr
  • d2e5d7d1-c7a2-49a4-8318-482e15ab473b
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)191730771
Label
Seeing like a state : how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed, James C. Scott
Publication
Copyright
Note
"The Institution for Social and Political Studies at Yale University."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-434) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Nature and space -- Cities, people, and language -- Authoritarian high modernism -- The high-modernist city: an experiment and a critique -- The Revolutionary Party: a plan and a diagnosis -- Soviet collectivization, capitalist dreams -- Compulsory villagization in Tanzania: aesthetics and miniaturization -- Taming nature: an agriculture of legibility and simplicity -- Thin simplifications and practical knowledge: mētis -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn191730771
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 445 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300128789
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt112ngr
  • d2e5d7d1-c7a2-49a4-8318-482e15ab473b
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)191730771

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