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Author Scott, James C.

Title Weapons of the weak : everyday forms of peasant resistance / James C. Scott
Published New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [1985]
((1987 [printing]))


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Description xxii, 389 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents 1. Small arms fire in the class war -- 2. Normal exploitation, normal resistance -- 3. The landscape of resistance -- 4. Sedaka, 1967-1979 -- ch. 5. History according to winners and losers -- 6. Stretching the truth : ideology at work -- 7. Beyond the war of words : cautious resistance and calculated conformity -- 8. Hegemony and consciousness : everyday forms of ideological struggle
Summary Weapons of the Weak is an ethnography by James C. Scott that studies the effects of the Green Revolution in rural Malaysia. One of the main objectives of the study is to make an argument that the Marxian and Gramscian ideas of false consciousness and hegemony are incorrect. He develops this conclusion throughout the book, through the different scenarios and characters that come up during his time of fieldwork in the village. This publication, based on 2 years of fieldwork (1978-1980), focuses on the local class relations in a small rice farming community of 70 households in the main paddy-growing area of Kedah in Malaysia. Introduction of the Green Revolution in 1976 eliminated 2/3 of the wage-earning opportunities for smallholders and landless laborers. The main ensuing class struggle is analyzed being the ideological struggle in the village and the practice of resistance itself consisting of: foot-dragging, dissimulation, desertion, false compliance, pilfering, feigned ignorance and sabotage acts. Rich and poor are engaged in an unremitting if silent struggle to define changes in land tenure, mechanization and employment to advance their own interests, and to use values that they share to control the distribution of status, land, work and grain
Analysis South-east Asia. Peasants. Protest movements
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 364-374. - Includes index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Malaysia.
Land tenure -- Malaysia.
Passive resistance -- Malaysia.
Peasant uprisings -- Southeast Asia.
Peasants -- Political activity -- Southeast Asia.
Peasants -- Political activity -- Malaysia.
Peasants -- Developing countries.
Peasants -- Malaysia.
Social conflict -- Malaysia.
Malaysia -- Rural conditions.
Author American Council of Learned Societies.
LC no. 85051779
ISBN 0300033362
0300036418 (paperback)
OTHER TI ProQuest Ebook Central