Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts

Front Cover
Yale University Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 251 pages
9 Reviews
Confrontations between the powerless and the powerful are laden with deception - the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery. Peasants, serfs, untouchables, slaves, labourers, and prisoners are not free to speak their minds in the presence of power. These subordinate groups instead create a secret discourse that represents a critique of power spoken behind the backs of the dominant. At the same time, the powerful also develop a private dialogue about practices and goals of their rule that cannot be openly avowed. In this book, the author, a social scientist, offers a discussion both of the public roles played by the powerful and powerless and the mocking, vengeful tone they display off stage - what he terms their public and hidden transcripts. Using examples from the literature, history, and politics of cultures around the world, the author examines the many guises this interaction has taken throughout history and the tensions and contradictions it reflects.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
4
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Review: Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

I read this book in college and still think about it constantly. It changed the way I think about a variety of topics. Read full review

Review: Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts

User Review  - Fr. - Goodreads

This is a unique book where the author captures a unique trait of human beings. After having read this book, one cannot get away by saying that he / she is innocent or was not aware of this fact. It ... Read full review

Contents

Behind the Official Story i
11
Domination Acting and Fantasy
17
The Public Transcript as a Respectable Performance
45
False Consciousness or Laying It on Thick?
70
Making Social Space for a Dissident Subculture
108
The Arts of Political Disguise
136
The Infrapolitics of Subordinate Groups
183
The First Public Declaration of
202
Bibliography
229
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1990)

James C. Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science, professor of anthropology, and codirector of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. His books include "Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed," "Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts," and most recently, "The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia." He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a part-time mediocre farmer and beekeeper.

Bibliographic information