Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
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Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed

by James C. Scott
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300078153

ISBN-13: 9780300078152

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300078152
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
The Institution for Social and Policy St
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
237,046
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(8)
Part 1. State Projects of Legibility and Simplification 9(76)
Chapter 1. Nature and Space
11(42)
Chapter 2. Cities, People, and Language
53(32)
Part 2. Transforming Visions 85(96)
Chapter 3. Authoritarian High Modernism
87(16)
Chapter 4. The High-Modernist City: An Experiment and a Critique
103(44)
Chapter 5. The Revolutionary Party: A Plan and a Diagnosis
147(34)
Part 3. The Social Engineering of Rural Settlement and Production 181(126)
Chapter 6. Soviet Collectivization, Capitalist Dreams
193(30)
Chapter 7. Compulsory Villagization in Tanzania: Aesthetics and Miniaturization
223(39)
Chapter 8. Taming Nature: An Agriculture of Legibility and Simplicity
262(45)
Part 4. The Missing Link 307(52)
Chapter 9. Thin Simplifications and Practical Knowledge: Metis
309(33)
Chapter 10. Conclusion
342(17)
Notes 359(74)
Sources for Illustrations 433(2)
Index 435

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