The Rationality of Taking to the Hills

10 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2010

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Shruti Rajagopalan

Department of Economics, SUNY Purchase College; Classical Liberal Institute, NYU School of Law

Virgil Henry Storr

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center; University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Date Written: July 23, 2010

Abstract

In The Art of Not Being Governed (2009), Scott revises the state generated narratives of the hill people of Zomia which describes them as an aboriginal population that have simply failed to become more civilized. As an alternative, Scott views hill peoples as state-repelling societies or even anti-state societies. As we suggest in this article, by at least implicitly employing a rational choice framework, Scott is able to make sense why people would attempt to avoid being state subjects by taking to the hills as well as why their descendants have remained in the hills.

Keywords: Anarchy, Hill Peoples, Southeast Asia, James C. Scott

JEL Classification: P48, O53, N95, Z13

Suggested Citation

Rajagopalan, Shruti and Storr, Virgil Henry, The Rationality of Taking to the Hills (July 23, 2010). Review of Austrian Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1711308

Shruti Rajagopalan

Department of Economics, SUNY Purchase College ( email )

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Classical Liberal Institute, NYU School of Law ( email )

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Virgil Henry Storr (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

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George Mason University - Mercatus Center ( email )

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University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom ( email )

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

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