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Political Scientist and Anthropologist James Scott

James Scott with glasses hanging from chain, black sweater

I decided at some point . . . that peasants were the most numerous class in world history, and if their development meant anything it ought to mean something for them. And I decided more or less to devote my career to the study of peasants.

James C. Scott is a professor of political science at Yale, where he has directs the Program in Agrarian Studies.

His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations, and anarchism. He is currently teaching Agrarian Studies and Rebellion, Resistance and Repression.

Scott's books include Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, and Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance. He maintains a small farm in rural Connecticut.

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