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

Seeing like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed Author James C. Scott
ISBN-10 0300078153
ISBN-13 9780300078152
Year 1999-02-08
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher Yale University Press
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Compulsory ujamaa villages in Tanzania collectivization in Russia Le Corbusiers urban planning theory realized in Brasilia the Great Leap Forward in China agricultural modernization in the Tropicsthe twentieth century has been racked by grand utopian schemes that have inadvertently brought death and disruption to millions Why do well intentioned plans for improving the human condition go tragically awry In this wide ranging and original book James C Scott analyzes failed cases of large scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields Centrally managed social plans misfire Scott argues when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are notand cannotbe fully understood Further the success of designs for social organization depends upon the recognition that local practical knowledge is as important as formal epistemic knowledge The author builds a persuasive case against development theory and imperialistic state planning that disregards the values desires and objections of its subjects He identifies and discusses four conditions common to all planning disasters administrative ordering of nature and society by the state a high modernist ideology that places confidence in the ability of science to improve every aspect of human life a willingness to use authoritarian state power to effect large scale interventions and a prostrate civil society that cannot effectively resist such plans

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Agrarian Studies

Agrarian Studies Author James C. Scott
ISBN-10 9780300085020
Release 2001
Pages 310