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Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Publication date July 29, 1992
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780300056693
ISBN-10 0300056699
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Original list price $25.00
Other format details university press
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"Play fool, to catch wise."―proverb of Jamaican slaves
 
Confrontations between the powerless and powerful are laden with deception―the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery. Peasants, serfs, untouchables, slaves, laborers, and prisoners are not free to speak their minds in the presence of power. These subordinate groups instead create a secret discourse that represents a critique of power spoken behind the backs of the dominant. At the same time, the powerful also develop a private dialogue about practices and goals of their rule that cannot be openly avowed. In this book, renowned social scientist James C. Scott offers a penetrating discussion both of the public roles played by the powerful and powerless and the mocking, vengeful tone they display off stage―what he terms their public and hidden transcripts. Using examples from the literature, history, and politics of cultures around the world, Scott examines the many guises this interaction has taken throughout history and the tensions and contradictions it reflects.
 
Scott describes the ideological resistance of subordinate groups―their gossip, folktales, songs, jokes, and theater―their use of anonymity and ambiguity. He also analyzes how ruling elites attempt to convey an impression of hegemony through such devices as parades, state ceremony, and rituals of subordination and apology. Finally, he identifies―with quotations that range from the recollections of American slaves to those of Russian citizens during the beginnings of Gorbachev's glasnost campaign―the political electricity generated among oppressed groups when, for the first time, the hidden transcript is spoken directly and publicly in the face of power. His landmark work will revise our understanding of subordination, resistance, hegemony, folk culture, and the ideas behind revolt.


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Hardcover
from Yale Univ Pr (November 1, 1990)
9780300047059 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $50.00
About: Confrontations between the powerless and the powerful are laden with deception - the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery.
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Reprint edition from Yale Univ Pr (July 29, 1992)
9780300056693 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $25.00
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