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Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
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Nov 14, 2011

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bookshelves: political-theory, nonfiction

Consistently interesting discussion of the distorting & destructive side of centralizing, modernizing impulses at work in a variety of modern settings, from Soviet Russia to villages in Tanzania. Shows how the central authority's need to be able to read the terrain, the people, etc. involves an oversimplification, but also a transformation of the thing that gets "read" this way.

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