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This review is from: Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts (Paperback)
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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