(the) Political, Anarchist History, James Scott

James Scott

Here’s a video of James Scott discussing his new book The Art of Not Being Governed. An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. It is a fascinating book for several reasons, not in the least because it shows brillianty how to combine ‘micropolitics’ with a negation of a necessary move to the ‘macro’ level. For my own purposes, Scott’s argument shows what has been and still is the blind spot in many recent social theories, such as Actor Network Theory, namely their implicate and rather off-the-shelf conception of politics.