Auguste Comte: Progress is the development of order
under the influence of love (1851)
But does neat & orderly = ordered & efficient?
Visual neatness & clarity = order?
The Anti-Politics Machine
How did development come about? [Weve already talked
this through, hopefully!]
What does it do in practice? [Here is one case study: the
Kingdom of Lesotho, 1975-1984]
The short answer: development depoliticizes
Seeing Like a State
If traditions trap people in the past and
must be overcome in order to enable
progress, then actually-existing social
relationships necessarily are suspect.
Why make a society legible?
To foster control & (ideally)
THE BOUVINE MYSTIQUE
Agricultural development project
Landlock nation with lots of cattle: therefore increase cattle and then trade
Outside view of project makes sense, yet didnt work
Goal: Increase cattle production by emphasizing cattle qual
RAHMAN MICRO CREDIT
Idea that has got a lot of social legitimacy
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What its all about
Tends to list a series of ideas and priorities as if they are all coequal and never re
But first, your
First Paper: AHM =
standardization, and simplification,
What role did the scientific method play in
You need to explain what you mean if you
write about rational or efficie