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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (3 Aug. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300056699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300056693
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nestle on 15 Nov. 2011
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In contrast to much of the academic literature out there, this book is well written and the author has taken great care to explain and illustrate every position.
In this book Scott examines the relationship between the powerful and the subordinate.
Scott invites us to look hehind the performances of compliance that subordinates (slaves, untouchables, labourers, etc.) lay on for the dominant, to the hidden transcripts of resistance. The book visits those places and events where subordinates are free to speak their mind and perform acts of defiance, no matter how small.
He also examines the public performance of deference itself. An example of one of the many interesting points he makes: when this performance is in close conformity with how the dominant group would wish things to appear, it provides convincing evidence to them for the hegemony of their values, and even serves to justify their domination.
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James C. Scott's Domination and the Arts of Resistance 11 Nov. 2000
By Michael Auterson - Published on Amazon.com
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Spanning the entire globe and covering over 1000 years of human history, James C. Scott's Domination and the Arts of Resistance is an intellectual odyssey into the relatively new field of subaltern studies. It is also an intellectual oasis for historians and general readers of history who have become disillusioned with the traditional historiography of power relations and resistance among dominate groups and subordinate groups. Indeed, Scott's use of folklore, speeches, ballads, literary theory,linguistics, and public ceremonies, e.g., parades and political rallies, greatly adds to the works of other innovative historians of culture, domination, and resistance, e.g., Scott gives the works of Michel Focault, Hayden White, Dominick LaCapra, and Natalie Zemon Davis, to name a few, new perspectives for cultural analysis. Perhaps of greater importance is Scott's examination of what he describes as "public" and "private" transcripts,i.e., dialogue among and between the dominate and subordinate groups. Furthermore, Scott puts great emphasis on the "infrastructure" of power relationships among the respective inner "communities" of theweak and the strong. In short, what goes on behind the scenes, away from the public eye, reveals the true nature of what Scott labels as "masks of power", which are, in effect, merely public performances designed to placate both dominate and subordinate groups. This absorbing work will certainly be influential for future generations of historians, anthroplogists, political scientists, and sociologists.
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Brilliant, Fascinating 13 April 2014
By Robert Kall - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to get some insights into the power, domination and how the public and private scripts are used and how they affect the balance of power, this is an extraordinary book
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Serious, but accessible 10 Mar. 2006
By Richard James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got "domination" for a class, which does not tend to bias me in favor of liking a book. However, I have tentatively enjoyed reading it. It is a serious, scholarly book, but the topic is engaging and the case studies and historical examples cited are always interesting. I think that the author supports his complex thesis very well, and I would recommend this book to people who want to read something serious about race and culture.
Resistance without being murdered 19 Sept. 2013
By Passionforlife - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this book on Domination and the Arts of Resistance, and how as Humans we express our hatred of the authorities who rule over us. Most of the big shots ignore this resistance because they don't care and they don't understand how it all works. This is a great book on the psychological benefits of being out of step with oppressive authority no matter where it is.
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Good text/dreadful copy 15 May 2013
By dolphin - Published on Amazon.com
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Scott's 'Domination' is a modern classic from which anyone could learn to read the 'transcripts' which both sides of an unequal relationship use to maintain status. Theoretical, but also practical.

However, amazon's seller sent me a supposedly 'Used - Good' copy that was on its fourth round, apparently as a used college texctbook, highlighted multiple times, with a spine falling apart -- worth 50 cents at best. BEWARE!!
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