Gracie Forest
Against the State; Against the Grain

a review of

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott. Yale University Press, 2017

In his latest book, James Scott continues his exploration of the relationship between domestication and the development of hierarchies of power in pre-modern and modern societies. He is particularly interested in examining the situations of people who resisted being incorporated into states. Against the Grain rejects the view that human history is a story of linear progression leading to the conveniences of contemporary civilization.