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Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Publication date April 1, 1998
Pages 445
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780300070163
ISBN-10 0300070160
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 2 lbs.
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Original list price $60.00
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Why have large-scale schemes to improve the human condition in the twentieth century so often gone awry? James C. Scott analyzes diverse failures in high-modernist, authoritarian state planning-collectivization in Russia, the building of Brasilia, compulsory ujamaa villages in Tanzania, and others-and uncovers conditions common to all such planning disasters. What these failures teach us, he argues, is that any centrally managed social plan must recognize the importance of local customs and practical knowledge if it hopes to succeed.

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9780300070163 | details & prices | 445 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $60.00
About: Why have large-scale schemes to improve the human condition in the twentieth century so often gone awry?
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from Yale Univ Pr (February 8, 1999)
9780300078152 | details & prices | 464 pages | 6.25 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $26.00
About: 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.

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