James C. Scott

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American political scientist and anthropologist

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James C. Scott is a political scientist and comparative scholar of anthropology, and the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale.

After graduation, he earned a Rotary International Fellowship to study in Burma. His honors thesis studied economic development of Burma, which fortuitously opened up opportunities to work with the Central Intelligence Agency as an anti-communist organizer. His early writings were heavily based on archival field research. He studied in Malaysia and Burma, interviewing villagers about the attitudes and conceptions of power and economics.

Among his books are The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia, focused on the nature of patron-client relations of the moral economy, and Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance , in which he examines subaltern cultures around the world. His first political science book, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed , he investigates the ways that governments have failed to take the needs and wants of citizens into account in their administration of governmental functions.

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According to Wikipedia, James C. Scott is an American political scientist and anthropologist specializing in comparative politics. He is a comparative scholar of agrarian and non-state societies, subaltern politics, and anarchism. His primary research has centered on peasants of Southeast Asia and their strategies of resistance to various forms of domination. The New York Times described his research as "highly influential and idiosyncratic".

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James C. Scott is most known for their academic work in the field of political science. They are also known for their academic work in the fields of anthropology and philosophy.

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