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Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States THE JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES 2019, VOL. 46, NO. 4, 853 BOOK REVIEW FORUM Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, by James C. Scott, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2017, 336 pp., US$26 (hardback), ISBN: 9780300182910 James C. Scott’s latest book, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, speaks to themes of key interest to readers of Journal of Peasant Studies. Drawing on a range of multidis- ciplinary scholarship, Scott challenges grand narratives of civilization, troubling widely held beliefs about the trajectory from hunter gathering to grain domestication, sedentary agricul- ture, and state formation. Through his analysis, Scott teases out the complex, shifting relations between agrarian peoples, states, and multispecies assemblages of plants, animals, and patho- gens. He directs his attention, also, to the non-state peoples living on the margins, highlighting the ongoing complementarities and frictions between states and those who evade state control. As with his previous works, Scott’s beautiful, clear writing and bold arguments push our thinking and create abundant new terrain for reflection and engagement. This review forum brings together a group of scholars to comment on Against the Grain from diverse disciplinary perspectives. The essays draw comparisons between http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Peasant Studies Taylor & Francis

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States

The Journal of Peasant Studies , Volume 46 (4): 1 – Jun 7, 2019

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States

The Journal of Peasant Studies , Volume 46 (4): 1 – Jun 7, 2019

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THE JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES 2019, VOL. 46, NO. 4, 853 BOOK REVIEW FORUM Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, by James C. Scott, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2017, 336 pp., US$26 (hardback), ISBN: 9780300182910 James C. Scott’s latest book, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, speaks to themes of key interest to readers of Journal of Peasant Studies. Drawing on a range of multidis- ciplinary scholarship, Scott challenges grand narratives of civilization, troubling widely held beliefs about the trajectory from hunter gathering to grain domestication, sedentary agricul- ture, and state formation. Through his analysis, Scott teases out the complex, shifting relations between agrarian peoples, states, and multispecies assemblages of plants, animals, and patho- gens. He directs his attention, also, to the non-state peoples living on the margins, highlighting the ongoing complementarities and frictions between states and those who evade state control. As with his previous works, Scott’s beautiful, clear writing and bold arguments push our thinking and create abundant new terrain for reflection and engagement. This review forum brings together a group of scholars to comment on Against the Grain from diverse disciplinary perspectives. The essays draw comparisons between

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2019 Jessica Barnes
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1743-9361
eISSN
0306-6150
DOI
10.1080/03066150.2019.1609771
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THE JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES 2019, VOL. 46, NO. 4, 853 BOOK REVIEW FORUM Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, by James C. Scott, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2017, 336 pp., US$26 (hardback), ISBN: 9780300182910 James C. Scott’s latest book, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, speaks to themes of key interest to readers of Journal of Peasant Studies. Drawing on a range of multidis- ciplinary scholarship, Scott challenges grand narratives of civilization, troubling widely held beliefs about the trajectory from hunter gathering to grain domestication, sedentary agricul- ture, and state formation. Through his analysis, Scott teases out the complex, shifting relations between agrarian peoples, states, and multispecies assemblages of plants, animals, and patho- gens. He directs his attention, also, to the non-state peoples living on the margins, highlighting the ongoing complementarities and frictions between states and those who evade state control. As with his previous works, Scott’s beautiful, clear writing and bold arguments push our thinking and create abundant new terrain for reflection and engagement. This review forum brings together a group of scholars to comment on Against the Grain from diverse disciplinary perspectives. The essays draw comparisons between

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Published: Jun 7, 2019

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