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 has ratings and 95 reviews. Liz said: the bits about actual anthropology were good but I wanted more of an a. Fragments of an anarchist anthropology BY DAVID GRAEBER Graeber’s short and self-consciously fragmentary book rehearses critiques of capitalism.

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Tenets of a Non-existent Science Section 6 Section 7: Graeber’s style of writing and arguing may be very attractive, so may be his witty utopian suggestions, but he doesn’t really go beyond “suggestions”. Indeed, the fantasy that it might, that the human condition, desire, morality, can all be somehow resolved seems to be an especially dangerous one, an image of utopia which always seems to lurk somewhere behind the pretensions of Power and the state.

Really the heartbeat of this little book is in its meager attempt to open the imagination just a smidge. Click here for the guide. Unlike the communist project which aims to take over the means to rid the system of its internal contradictions and enhance the lives of workers, Graeber is a lot less ambitious and forthcoming about the future, to his credit.

Accordingly, for him people won’t be trying convince each other of basics as much as looking for strategic partnerships, and making sure everyone is heard. I haven’t read much about anarchism, and probably am guilty of some of the misconceptions Graeber describes academics displaying on the topic.

Anarchist and Radical Book Club. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A deserved classic with anarchists although certainly not with the academic elite and free online. The second “initial assumption,” is that “anarchist social anhtropology would have to reject self-consciously any trace of vanguardism” He also admirably makes quite clear the parody of intellectual ‘debate’ in academic circles.


Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

Mar 06, Laura Patru rated it it was amazing. Blowing Up Walls Section 5: Grafber “large,” what opponents of anarchy mean is something on par with the democratic or communist nation or state.

If you’re not sure if something is appropriate for the library, please ask in the feedback and content forum. His words are encouraging and affirming.

I have SO many favorite quotes in this book! Steve Keen -the australian guru-economist – has recommended his book on debt.

None of these dilemmas are going to vanish if we eliminate structural equalities much though I think this would radically improve things in just about every other way. Professor of anthropology David Graeber provides an overview of the possibilities for an anarchist approach to anthropological research. At the beginning, Graeber had some interesting points and lines to draw with anthropology, anarchy and the academy. The other major opposition to anarchy is actually indefensible.

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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber

Other than a brief foray into Proudhon’s Property Is Theft! At the start of the book, Graeber discusses the differences between anarchism and Marxism as liberatory anarchjst, a worthy and interesting topic. This seems to me to be exactly wrong.

And not only because most actually-existing self-governing communities, and actually-existing non-market economies in the world have frahments investigated by anthropologists anthropoology than sociologists or historians.

Having just read it again and now being much more familiar with many of the principles and arguments Graeber is discussing, I still love it and highly recommend it! Because the essential biology of capitalism requires constant consumption, it only makes sense that the finite material it needs to survive will cause it to eat itself at some point.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber. Section 1 Ann 2: He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his te David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This reading short book has been in my thoughts every day since I read it about one month ago. No trivia or quizzes yet. Anarchism has tended to be an ethical discourse about revolutionary practice” p.


May 09, Sharlyn aanarchist it it was amazing Shelves: But it’s basically the same sort of arrangement” I have thought something was wrong about globalization, it is described here. A point of congruence between anthropology and anarchism that I’ve thought a lot about, and which I think Graeber should have explored more, is how the practice of ethnography can be instructive for the practice of democratic organizational practice.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Graeber

And how lf this model of consensus making scale? What anarchism can offer anthropology, according to Graeber, is a way out of academicist impasses, a way that anthropology might change the world, rather than merely interpret it to use a Marxian formulation to which Graeber might well antyropology averse; here he soft-pedals the Marxist slant that was more apparent in his previous — and more traditionally academic — book, Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value.

Related Toward an anthropological theory of value: May 02, Parker rated it it was amazing. Before reading Graeber, I hadn’t encountered anything similar.

Furthermore, no nation has ever existed without its subversive enclaves which keep the larger social framework in a state of constant change.