The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia

By: James C. Scott

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For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have field the projects of the organised state societies that surround them— slavery, conscription, taxes, corvee labour, epidemics and warfare. Significantly, writes James C.Scott in this iconoclastic study, these people are not innocent who have yet to benefit from all that civilization has to offer; they have assessed state-based civilizations and have made a conscious choice to avoid them. The book is essentially an “anarchist history” , the first-ever examination of the huge literature on state-making that evaluates why people would deliberately and reactively remain stateless. Among the strategies employed by the people of Zomia to remain stateless are physical dispersion in rugged terrain; agriculture practices that enhance mobiliy; pliable ethnic identities; devotion to prophetic, millenarian leaders; and maintenance of a largely oral culture that allows them to reinvent their histories and genealogies as they move between and around states.Printed Pages: 462.

Title: The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia

Author Name: James C. Scott

Categories: India, Art, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2010

ISBN: 812503921X

ISBN 13: 9788125039211

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 101781

Keywords: The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia James C. Scott