Seeing Like A State
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📒Seeing Like A State ✍ James C. Scott
✏Seeing Like a State Book Summary : Scott analyzes failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields.
📒Seeing Like A State ✍ James C. Scott
✏Seeing Like a State Book Summary : “One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades.”—John Gray, New York Times Book Review Hailed as “a magisterial critique of top-down social planning” by the New York Times, this essential work analyzes disasters from Russia to Tanzania to uncover why states so often fail—sometimes catastrophically—in grand efforts to engineer their society or their environment, and uncovers the conditions common to all such planning disasters. “Beautifully written, this book calls into sharp relief the nature of the world we now inhabit.”—New Yorker “A tour de force.”— Charles Tilly, Columbia University
📒Two Cheers For Anarchism ✍ James C. Scott
✏Two Cheers for Anarchism Book Summary : "James Scott is one of the great political thinkers of our time. No one else has the same ability to pursue a simple, surprising idea, kindly but relentlessly, until the entire world looks different. In this book, he also demonstrates a skill shared by the greatest radical thinkers: to reveal positions we've been taught to think of as extremism to be emanations of simple human decency and common sense."--David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years "Building on the insights of his masterful Seeing Like a State, James Scott has written a powerful and important argument for social organization that resists the twin poles of Big Corporations and Big Governments. In an age increasingly shaped by decentralized, bottom-up networks, Two Cheers for Anarchism gives timely new life to a rich tradition of political thought."--Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation and Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age "I am a big fan of James Scott. In this highly readable and thought-provoking book, he reveals the meaning of his 'anarchist' sensibility through a series of wonderful personal stories, staking out an important position and defending it in a variety of contexts, from urban planning to school evaluation. I don't know of anyone else who has defined this viewpoint so successfully."--Francis Fukuyama, author of The Origins of Political Order "The ambition of this book is compelling and contagious. Combining the populist rhetoric of Thomas Paine with the ferocious satire of Jonathan Swift, James Scott makes a wonderfully simple and potent argument in favor of mutualism, creativity, local knowledge, and freedom. I predict that this will become one of the most influential books in political theory and public debate for the twenty-first century."--Georgi Derluguian, author of Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus
📒Seeing Like A City ✍ Ash Amin
✏Seeing Like a City Book Summary : Seeing like a city means recognizing that cities are living things made up of a tangle of networks, built up from the agency of countless actors. Cities must not be considered as expressions of larger paradigms or sites of human effort and organization alone. Within their density, size and sprawl can be found a world of symbols, bodies, buildings, technologies and infrastructures. It is the machine-like combination, interaction and confrontation of these different elements that make a city. Such a view locates urban outcomes and influences in the character of these networks, which together power urban life, allocating resources, shaping social opportunities, maintaining order and simply enabling life. More than the silent stage on which other powers perform, such networks represent the essence of the city. They also form an important political project, a politics of small interventions with large effects. The increasing evidence for an Anthropocene bears out the way in which humanity has stamped its footprint on the planet by constructing urban forms that act as systems for directing life in ways that create both immense power and immense constraint.
📒Seeing Like A Feminist ✍ Nivedita Menon
✏Seeing Like a Feminist Book Summary : THE WORLD THROUGH A FEMINIST LENS For Nivedita Menon, feminism is not about a moment of final triumph over patriarchy but about the gradual transformation of the social field so decisively that old markers shift forever. From sexual harassment charges against international figures to the challenge that caste politics poses to feminism, from the ban on the veil in France to the attempt to impose skirts on international women badminton players, from queer politics to domestic servants’ unions to the Pink Chaddi campaign, Menon deftly illustrates how feminism complicates the field irrevocably. Incisive, eclectic and politically engaged, Seeing like a Feminist is a bold and wide-ranging book that reorders contemporary society.
📒Seeing Like A Smuggler ✍ Shahram Khosravi
✏Seeing Like a Smuggler Book Summary : Seeing Like a Smuggler aims to shift the focus from a dominant state-centric narrative that views smuggling as a mere criminal activity, to seeing it from the perspective of those involved in smuggling. The edited volume sheds light on smuggling practices that generate different forms of knowledge about borders, the economy, states and infrastructures of mobility across different geographical borders. In doing so, smuggling is presented as a productive, subversive and deeply socio-political activity.Smuggling requires knowledge about how borders practically operate, which in return can generate different types of knowledge about borders. In this sense, smuggling can teach us about the state and its politics of bordering, its laws of border access, as well as the policies that sustain the state. Instead of asking what knowledge the state produces and mobilizes about and against smuggling, this collection of works asks what knowledge smuggling produces about the state, its borders and its asymmetrical practices of access.
📒The Everyday State And Society In Modern India ✍ Christopher John Fuller
✏The Everyday State and Society in Modern India Book Summary : This work focuses on how the large, amorphous and impersonal Indian State affects the everyday lives of its citizens. It argues that state and society merge in the daily lives of most Indians, and the boundary between them is blurred and negotiable according to social context and position. The contibutors adopt the postion, contary to that of many others, that most Indians are able actively to comprehend and use the institutions of the state for their own purposes, rather than being merely its passive victims. Each chapter is based on empirical research and collectively they cover a wide range of anthropological and sociological material on modern India, from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in the north, Maharashtra in the west, West Bengal in the esat, and Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the south. The book examines issues such as riot control, the Emergency, corruption irrigation, rural activism and education.
📒Domination And The Arts Of Resistance ✍ James C. Scott
✏Domination and the Arts of Resistance Book Summary :
📒Chinese Visions Of Family And State 1915 1953 ✍ Susan L. Glosser
✏Chinese Visions of Family and State 1915 1953 Book Summary : In this book, Susan Glosser examines how the link between family order and national salvation affected state-building and explores its lasting consequences.".
📒Seeing The State ✍ Stuart Corbridge
✏Seeing the State Book Summary : The book focuses on the relationship between the poor and the state in India.