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The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (Yale Agrarian Studies)

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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 themand#8212;slavery, conscription, taxes, corvand#233;e labor, epidemics, and warfare. This book, essentially an and#8220;anarchist history,and#8221; 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 and#8220;internal colonialism.and#8221; This new perspective requires a radical reevaluation of the civilizational narratives of the lowland states. Scottand#8217;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.

About the Author

The author of several books including Seeing Like a State, James C. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science, professor of anthropology, and codirector of the Agrarian Studies Program, Yale University, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300169171
Author:
Scott, James C.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Scott
Author:
James C.
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Anarchism
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b/w illus. + 7 maps
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.15 lb

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