Seeing like a state how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed is a book by james c scott critical of a system of beliefs he calls high modernism that centers around confidence in the ability to design and operate society in accordance with scientific laws it was released in march 1998 with a paperback version in february 1999. Seeing like a state how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed james c scott on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers compulsory ujamaa villages in tanzania collectivization in russia le corbusiers urban planning theory realized in brasilia. Having read stephen pinkers excellent the blank slate and devouring nassim nicholas talebs superb duology of the black swan and anti fragile james c scotts seeing like a state fits quite snugly in this cloud of anti authoritarian anti state anti liberal but most importantly anti modernism sentiments that has been seething for the . Seeing like a state how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed james c scott analyzes failed cases of large scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields centrally managed social plans misfire scott argues when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not and cannot . Scotts book seeing like a state proposes a theory of the state and its consequences for society picking it up where the moral economy of the peasant left off the state expansion by threatening the moral economy of peasants could trigger rebellion and a fight against the expansion of the state
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