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This text seeks to show that anarchy, as the absence of government, is neither chaos nor some Utopian dream, but a system which has characterized much of the human past.

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

Speaker: Professor James Scott
Chair: Professor Jude Howell

This event was recorded on 22 May 2008 in the 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.