James C. Scott

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James C. Scott (born December 2, 1936) is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at Yale University. He is also the director of the Program in Agrarian Studies and a noted anarchist scholar.Scott is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Science, Technology and Society Program at M.I.T., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Scott lives in Connecticut. He received his bachelor's degree from Williams College and his MA and PhD (political science, 1967) from Yale. He taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison until 1976, when he returned to Yale.


  • Decoding subaltern politics. Ideology, disguise, and resistance in agrarian politics, Routledge, 2012
  • Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play, Princeton University Press, 2012
  • The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, Yale University Press, 2009
  • with Nina Bhat (eds.), Agrarian studies: synthetic work at the cutting edge, Yale University Press, 2001.
  • Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale University Press, 1998
  • Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts, Yale University Press, 1990
    • Los dominados y el arte de la resistencia. Discursos ocultos, trans. Jorge Aguilar Mora, México: Ediciones Era, 2000, 2004 (Spanish)
  • Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, Yale University Press, 1985
  • The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia, Yale University Press, 1979