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Why Civilisations Can't Climb Hills: a political history of statelessness in Southeast Asia


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Speaker(s): Professor James Scott
Chair: Professor Jude Howell

Recorded on 22 May 2008 in New Theatre, East Building.

Professor Scott argues that the hill peoples of mainland Southeast Asia are fugitive, runaway populations, practising 'escape agriculture', 'escape social structure' and 'escape culture'. Jim Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at Yale University.

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