From Planning to Prototypes: New Ways of Seeing Like a State
All states have pursued what James C. Scott characterised as modernist projects of legibility and simplification: maps, censuses, national economic plans and related legislative programs. The synoptic style of law and development has changed. Governments, NGOs and international agencies now aspire to draw upon immense repositories of digital data. Modes of analysis too have changed. Effective critical intervention in this field today requires careful attention to be paid to these emergent patterns of practice.