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    Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (Yale Agrarian Studies (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) James C. Scott

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    DescriptionIn this wide-ranging and original book, James C. Scott analyzes failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields. He argues that centrally managed social plans derail when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not -- and cannot be -- fully understood. Further the success of designs for social organization depends on 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. And in discussing these planning disasters, he identifies four conditions common to them all: the state's attempt to impose administrative order on nature and society; a high-modernist ideology that believes scientific intervention can improve every aspect of human life; a willingness to use authoritarian state power to effect large-scale innovations; and a prostrate civil society that cannot effectively resist such plans.

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    Seeing Like a State
    How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
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    By (author) James C. Scott
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 460
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300078152
    ISBN 10: 0300078153

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    Yale University Press
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    Publication date
    02 August 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven