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Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance


Publisher:Yale University Press



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In The Moral Economy of the Peasant Scott looked at the causes of peasant revolts, focusing on those in Burma and Vietnam in the early 1930s. He argued that peasant rebellions can only be understood in the light of a peasant system of values which is irrevocably linked to their subsistence requirements. In Weapons of the Weak he takes up a similar subject, this time looking at ordinary, everyday peasant resistance and the reasons open revolts are so rare. One of his main goals is to resolve empirically debates within political science over the concepts of false consciousness and hegemony. Scott himself is a political scientist by training, but his study is based on fourteen months anthropological fieldwork carried out in the late 1970s in the small (seventy household) village of Sedaka (Kedah state, Malaysia).

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