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The art of not being governed: An anarchist history of upland Southeast Asia

This book, essentially an “anarchist history,” is the first-ever examination of the huge literature on state-making whose author evaluates why people would deliberately and reactively remain stateless. Among the strategies employed by the people of Zomia to remain stateless are physical dispersion in rugged terrain; agricultural practices that enhance mobility; pliable ethnic identities; devotion to prophetic, millenarian leaders; and maintenance of a largely oral culture that allows them to reinvent their histories and genealogies as they move between and around states.

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Field Value
Document type Books and book chapters
Language of document
  • English
  • Agriculture and fishing
  • Civil and political rights
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Government
  • Land
  • Land tenure and land titling
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

This is a photocopy of the first two chapters of the book. The full published work is 464 pages.

Version / Edition Unknown
License CC-BY-4.0

Yale University Press, New Haven. +1 203 432 0960. Rights and Permissions:

Author (individual) James C Scott
ISBN number 9780300169171
Publication date 2009
Pagination Excerpt: Chapters 1 and 2
General note

Source: Yale Law Library website.

Date uploaded June 16, 2016, 11:34 (UTC)
Date modified December 9, 2018, 07:45 (UTC)