For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have fled the projects of the organized state societies that surround them—slavery, conscription, taxes, corvée labor, epidemics, and warfare. 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.
bluegreengold wrote:The Conspiracy Of Art ~ Baudrillard
bluegreengold wrote:He doesn't offer any alternatives really, but that's not his point.
bluegreengold wrote: He does make his position as a ethical humanist clear enough.
Chrrrles wrote:cdw wrote:currently reading
The Art of Not Being Governed
An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia - James C. Scott
Thanks for this suggestion - I am going to read this book.
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