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  • 1. James Scott -Nature and Space Research Methods Wednesday, 2/1/12
  • 2. Seeing Like a State● Forestry● Measure● Citizenship● Map-making● Social science
  • 3. Scientific ForestryWhat does "fiscalforestry" mean, and howdoes it view the forest?(pages 11-12)What is lost in this view? (pages 12-13)What did scientific forestry attempt? What were its results?
  • 4. Weights and MeasuresWhat examples of local (or "popular")measures does Scott provide? (pages 25-27)What does he mean by "the politics ofmeasurement"? (page 27-29) What about measures being "sticky"?What allowed for the triumph of the metricmeasure?
  • 5. Weights and MeasuresWhat examples of local (or "popular")measures does Scott provide? (pages 25-27)What does he mean by "the politics ofmeasurement"? (page 27-29) What about measures being "sticky"?What allowed for the triumph of the metricmeasure? market exchange, Enlightenment, Napoleon
  • 6. Measures and Citizenship? Scott argues that those who promoted the metric measure "understood that what was at stake was not merely administrative convenience butalso the transformation of a people . . . .The abstract grid of equal citizenship wouldcreate a new reality: the French citizen"(page 32).What is he arguing here?
  • 7. Land and MapsWhy was the state opposed to communal landtenure? (page 39)What does the example of Russian land reformshow us? (pages 39-44)What brought about the proper map? (page 45)
  • 8. How Does the Social Scientist See?Are there links between the historical conditionsthat Scott looks at and the origins of sociologyand anthropology?What systems are our social scientificmeasures rooted in? Does it matter?What about the citizen and social science?