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Agrarian Studies - Scott, James C.; Bhatt, Nina - Yale University Press


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Yale Agrarian Studies Series


Agrarian Studies

Synthetic Work at the Cutting Edge

  • Edited by James C. Scott and Nina Bhatt
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This book presents an account of an intellectual breakthrough in the study of rural society and agriculture. Its ten chapters, selected for their originality and synthesis from the colloquia of the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University, encompass various disciplines, diverse historical periods, and several regions of the world. The contributorsí fresh analyses will broaden the perspectives of readers with interests as wide-ranging as rural sociology, environmentalism, political science, history, anthropology, economics, and art history.

The ten studies recast and expand what is known about rural society and agrarian issues, examining such topics as poverty, subsistence, cultivation, ecology, justice, art, custom, law, ritual life, cooperation, and state action. Each contribution provides a point of departure for new study, encouraging deeper thinking across disciplinary boundaries and frontiers.

James C. Scott is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science, professor of anthropology, and director of the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Seeing Like a State, Domination and the Arts of Resistance, Weapons of the Weak, and The Moral Economy of the Peasant, all published by Yale University Press. Nina Bhatt has worked as rural sociologist for the World Bank in Nepal and Washington, D.C., and as micro-enterprise consultant for the Ford Foundation in India.

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