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Why do well-intentioned plans for improving the human condition go tragically awry? In a wide-ranging and original study, 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 schematic visions are imposed on long-established structures without taking into account preexisting interdependencies.
Table of Contents
|State Projects of Legibility and Simplification||p. 9|
|Nature and Space||p. 11|
|Cities, People, and Language||p. 53|
|Transforming Visions||p. 85|
|Authoritarian High Modernism||p. 87|
|The High-Modernist City: An Experiment and a Critique||p. 103|
|The Revolutionary Party: A Plan and a Diagnosis||p. 147|
|The Social Engineering of Rural Settlement and Production||p. 181|
|Soviet Collectivization, Capitalist Dreams||p. 193|
|Compulsory Villagization in Tanzania: Aesthetics and Miniaturization||p. 223|
|Taming Nature: An Agriculture of Legibility and Simplicity||p. 262|
|The Missing Link||p. 307|
|Thin Simplifications and Practical Knowledge: Metis||p. 309|
|Sources for Illustrations||p. 433|
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