James C. Scott

The art of not being governed: an anarchist history of upland southeast Asia

Map of Zomia

A book-length anthropological and historical study of the Zomia highlands of Southeast Asia by James C. Scott, first published in 2009.

Two cheers for anarchism: Six easy pieces on autonomy, dignity, and meaningful work and play – James C. Scott

Two cheers for anarchism – James C. Scott

Two Cheers for Anarchism is an engaging, high-spirited, and often very funny defense of an anarchist way of seeing--one that provides a unique and powerful perspective on everything from everyday social and political interactions to mass protests and revolutions.

Domination and the arts of resistance: Hidden Transcripts – James C. Scott

Cover of Domination and the arts of resistance – James C. Scott

In this book, renowned social scientist James C. Scott offers a penetrating discussion both of the public roles played by the powerful and powerless and the mocking, vengeful tone they display off stage—what he terms their public and hidden transcripts.

Seeing like a state - James C. Scott

In this wide-ranging and original book, 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 they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not -- and cannot be -- fully understood.

Everyday forms of peasant resistance - James C. Scott

US soldiers of the 1st Air Cavalry refuse to fight during the Vietnam War

"Everyday resistance" is the most common form of opposition to oppression. It consists of footdragging, non-compliance, pilfering, desertion, feigned ignorance, slander, arson, sabotage, flight etc... James C. Scott's article is the classic statement on "everyday resistance".