Seeing Like a State : How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
by James C. Scott
Editor: Yale University Press
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Mandatory villages ujamaa in Tanzania, collectivization in Russia, the Corbusier of urban planning theory realized in Brasilia, the Great Leap Forward in China, agricultural “modernization” under the Tropics – the twentieth century was shaken by the great utopian utopia of regimes that inadvertently caused the death and disruption of millions of people.Why make well-meaning plans to improve the human condition go tragically wrongIn this vast and original book, James CScott analyses the failure of large-scale cases of authoritarian regimes in a variety of fieldsCentrally managed the social plans of failures, Scott argues, when they impose schematics of violent visions that do violence with complex interdependencies that are not-and may not be fully understood.In addition, the success of social organization concepts depends on the recognition that local communities, practical knowledge is as important as formal, epistemic knowledge.The author relies convincingly on the “development theory” and imperialist state planning theory that does not respect the values, desires, and objections of his subjects.It identifies and describes four conditions common to all disaster planning activities: the administration of the state’s command of nature and society; a “high-modernist of ideology” who trusts in the ability of science to improve every aspect of human life; the willingness to use it in the authoritarian state to make large-scale interventions; and a prostrate of civil society that does not necessarily impede the development of disaster preparedness.
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