Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States | Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States | Seeing Like a State | Imagined Communities | Domination and the Arts of Resistance | Moral Economy of the Peasant | The Art of Not Being Governed
"The book is a splendid achievement. Because Scott listens closely to the villagers of Malaysia, he enormously expands our understanding of popular ideology and therefore of popular politics. And because he is also a brilliant analyst, he draws upon this concrete experience to develop a new critique of classical theories of ideology."âFrances Fox Piven, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
âAn impressive work which may well become a classic.ââTerence J. Byres, Times Literary Supplement
âA highly readable, contextually sensitive, theoretically astute ethnography of a moral system in changeâ¦. Weapons of the Weak is a brilliant book, combining a sure feel for the subjective side of struggle with a deft handling of economic and political trends.ââJohn R. Bown, Journal of Peasant Studies
âA splendid book, a worthy addition to the classic studies of Malay society and of the peasantry at largeâ¦. Combines the readability of Akenfield or Pig Earth with an accessible and illuminating theoretical commentary.ââA.F. Robertson, Times Higher Education Supplement
âNo one who wants to understand peasant society, in or out of Southeast Asia, or theories of change, should fail to read [this book].ââDaniel S. Lev, Journal of Asian Studies
âA moving account of the poorâs refusal to accept the terms of their subordinationâ¦. Disposes of the belief that theoretical sophistication and intelligible prose are somehow at odds.ââRamachandra Guha, Economic and Political Weekly
âA seminally important commentary on the state of peasant studies and the global literatureâ¦. This enormously rich work in Asian and comparative studies isâ¦ an essential contribution to participatory development theory and practice.ââGuy Gran, World Development
James C. Scott is professor of political science at Yale University.
About: This sensitive picture of the constant and circumspect struggle waged by peasants materially and ideologically against their oppressors shows that techniques of evasion and resistance may represent the most significant and effective means of class struggle in the long run.
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