Seeing Like a State
- A book
- author james scott
- go https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seeing_Like_a_State
- p1 This book grew out of an intellectual detour that became so gripping that I decided to abandon my original itinerary altogether.
- Originally set out to "understand why the state has always seemed to be the enemy of "people who move around", to put it crudely.
- Gypsies, berbers, bedouins, vagrants, homeless, serfs "have always been a thorn in the side of states".
- Efforts to permanently settle these mobile people are perennial and seldom succeed.
- p2 on many of these schemes: "the state's attempt to make a society legible, to arrange the population in ways that simplified the classic state functions of taxation, conscription and prevention of rebellion". Creation of grids.
- Beekeeping as an analogy. Industrial hives are made regular, segregated.
- p3 Chandigarth
- Chapter one
- On forestry as a model for the analysis of schemes that it proposes.