Kelsey Fitzpatrick's Reviews > Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed

Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
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Apr 10, 2011

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James Scott's "Seeing Like a State" offers a plethora of valuable information on city-state topics. A few of these topics include monoculture, planned cities and the beginning of last names. I found the last names portion particularly interesting, Scott informed readers that last names were given by the government as a way to tax and keep track of the population. One example from the book is the Spanish government passing out spanish last names to the people of the Philippines, which made then very upset! Although "Seeing Like a State" offers a lot of information, he lacks a variety of examples. It would be nice to see other examples to expand on his points. After reading this book I cherished diversity ever more then I had before.

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