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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and persuasive account but falls short on evidence, 18 Oct 2001
This review is from: Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in South East Asia (Paperback)
James C Scott's book is essential reading for the student of rural rebellion in South East Asia in the twentieth century. His argument, that the collapse of a pre-colonial 'moral economy' leads to social disruption, is persuasively argued and his book is an entertaining and compelling read. However, students should be cautious as his use of primary sources is limited, he uses logic and inference excessively, and his ideas in general seem rather too optimistic (a modern equivalent of the myth of the noble savage). Hence, the work is vulnerable to criticism and should be accompanied by additional readings. Nevertheless, the quality of the writing and the detail of the book is impressive
and will afford an enjoyable, stimulating and useful perspective on South East Asia's modern history. A vital book both for advanced students and as an introductory text for those new to the subject. A classic text for those interested in South East Asia.
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