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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. David Graeber. David Graeber. Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is. Fragments of an anarchist anthropology BY DAVID GRAEBER Graeber’s short and self-consciously fragmentary book rehearses critiques of capitalism. Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology has ratings and 95 reviews. Liz said: the bits about actual anthropology were good but I wanted more of an a.

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All the same, Graeber eventually falls into the same trappings of anthropologists and academic radicals in this text.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

As I’ve said, it’s largely incoherent with no sense of flow so the grraeber jumps from one point to the next leaving you with a sense of confusion. David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. Oct 06, Morgane rated it it was amazing. Since one cannot know a radically better world is not possible, are we not betraying everyone by insisting on continuing to justify, and reproduce, the mess we have today?

By “large,” what opponents of anarchy mean is something on par with the democratic or communist nation or state.

I have thought something was wrong about globalization, it is described here. Sep 16, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 24, Collier Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anthropologh June 15,Graeber accepted the offer of a lectureship in the anthropology department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he currently holds the title of Reader in Social Anthropology.

Incidentally, his description makes anarchy sound a lot more appealing than I had thought of it earlier, but consistent with the tenets of anarchism that he describes, he is not proselytizing. Oct 11, Apemaskin rated it it was amazing. Glib, and perhaps an overstatement. This is something I plan on writing about some day I have SO many favorite quotes in this book!


He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale Advid, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his te David Rolfe Graeber is an American daavid and anarchist. Revolutionary action does not necessarily have to aim to topple governments.

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This is highly recommended as an introduction to Graeber’s work. The good part is that his proposals for a new body of theory may indeed bear fruits or spawn a thought revolution, although I’m skeptical about it should his call be answered by other anthropologists.

Is that any easier to imagine than a multiplicity of autonomous communities? Retrieved from ” https: One need only glance at the historical record to confirm that most successful forms of popular resistance have taken precisely this form. Graeber argues that anthropologists are the anarchust ones who have the necessary knowledge to challenge the current ideological establishment.

And anyway, even if we’re wrong, we might well get a lot closer” Dec 21, Andrew Squitiro rated it it was amazing. Besides, keeping the imagination well-oiled with a little fantasy is healthy! If there is no way to compel those who find a majority decision distasteful to go along with it, then the last thing one would want to do is to hold a vote: He recognizes that all of this is at best necessary conditions, and at worst premature.

Marxist political economy, and Foucaultian analytics of power, different as they are davic one another, geaeber view State power as an effect and an instrument of social, political, technological, and economic power relations, rather than as the source, or the most basic component, of those relations.


The third part of the book, concentrating on the debunking of the Orientalist myth of the Western world vs. It’s a very short read, that lays out some groundwork for his projects to come.

But in just over pages, he very lucidly lays out a description of the political philosophy, the problems it faces in academic adoption, and the case for anthropological study of anarchist groups.

He argues for anarchism as a programme, not a single monolithic theory his twitter description reads “I see anarchism as something you do not an identity”under which we would constantly seek new ways of living outside the state apparatus, in communities of our own making, inspired by already existing societies: Section 1 Section 2: He believes that anthropologists possess the tools and theories that could help shape an anarchistic vision of the future.

May 02, Parker rated it it was amazing. He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his term there ended in June Apr 08, K rated it liked it Shelves: I truly enjoyed reading this book, even online, where I normally can’t get through more than three pages without being distracted by the other treats of the internet.

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