Humanity co-editors Nils Gilman and Nicolas Guilhot talked with Yale anthropologist James C. Scott on March 18, 2013.

Humanity: Your book The Art of Not Being Governed (2009) has recently been translated into French, and we’d like to start the conversation by discussing the relationship between your work and that of French thinkers.1 How has your work been affected by Pierre Clastres, who provides the epigraph of the book and who is obviously very much in the background of its central thesis?

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About Editorial Collective

EDITORIAL COLLECTIVE Samuel Moyn, Editor Columbia University Nicolas Guilhot, Executive Editor Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-New York Nehal Bhuta, Coeditor New School Graduate Program in International Affairs Nils Gilman, Coeditor Monitor Group Joseph R. Slaughter, Coeditor Columbia University Miriam Ticktin, Coeditor New School for Social Research

About James C. Scott

Sterling Professor of Political Science and professor of anthropology at Yale University, as well as co-director of the Agrarian Studies Program. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations, and anarchism. His publications include Domination and the Arts of Resistance (Yale, 1985); Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (Yale, 1980); Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (Yale, 1998); The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (Yale, 2008); and Two Cheers for Anarchism (Princeton, 2012).