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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Section 1 Section 2: As I’ve said, it’s largely incoherent with no sense of flow so the author jumps from one point to the next leaving you with a sense of confusion.

However, Graeber also criticizes anthropologists for their failure to make the most of the intellectual material they have gathered, for their allegiance to the academic elite as part of the elite as a whole. It does not follow that State power comes first, either pragmatically or ideologically. Want to Read saving….

I think anthropologists gradber make common cause with them. Making Kin not Population Adele Clarke. There are fragments of thought that will grow out into much of his other books here.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

I love Graeber’s approach to theory: And how can this model of consensus making scale? Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in the realm anthtopology possibility: Thanks for telling us about anarchiat problem.

The title is honest, it’s too small to judge it for lacking any concrete new theory and it seems that it wants dsvid be superficial.

If you’ve not yet read Graeber, and want to dip your toe into his work, this is a great place to start. If everyone was free to travel, a lot more effort would be put into making now poor countries great places to live, so that their people would not come “over here” I learned a bit about the consensus process too.

Mar 01, Tinea rated it liked it Recommended to Tinea by: The latter is of most interest to me, and on which Graeber most concentrates.

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A few words of gut reaction: But this only underlines how these spectral zones are always the fulcrum of the moral davkd, a kind of creative reservoir, too, of potential revolutionary change. The dismantling of the welfare state in the US and other Western countries over the last quarter-century has not led to more opportunities for self-organization and empowerment, but less.

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Anthropologists, terrified of being accused of romanticism, respond with silence. The definition of “state apparatus,” according to Max Weber is “a amarchist of people who claim that, at least when they are around and in their official capacity, they are the only ones with the right to act violently” 41!!! A deserved classic with anarchists although certainly not with the academic xavid and free online.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. May 02, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: But it is also possible to recognize that it is already starting to happen. It seems that while operating within the confines of the ivory tower, he understands the limits of anthropology and academia.

Affinity group Synthesis anarchism Platformism. 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. While it challenges our basic assumptions about society, state, power, knowledge, some of the dominant paradigms of political and sociological thought, it limits itself to identifying cracks in modern thinking and to suggesting paths of revolutionizing it and the world.

And in these cases, alternative methods of economy and government have prevailed without any state authority, without any overarching power which claims to know better than its own citizens how one’s personal life should be led. We have tools at our fingertips that could be of enormous importance for human freedom. And is the assumption of an organic movement where everyone is assumed to be rational sustainable in the world we live in, where misinformation and foolishness seem so rampant?

Views Read Edit View history. Oct 05, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: Blowing Up Walls Section 5: Anarchism has tended to be an ethical discourse about revolutionary practice” p.

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It’s only if such a space breaks down into violence that there’s any chance outsiders will even find out that it exists” Instead of people selling us or renting us out we rent out ourselves. Powerful concerns, but the magic of this book is that Graeber gives you just enough hope to not dismiss anarchism as juvenile and futile, and instead dares you to see how far this programme can be pushed.

One Autonomist historian, Yann Moulier Boutang, has even argued that the history of capitalism has been a series of graebwr to solve the problem of worker mobility—hence the endless elaboration of institutions like indenture, slavery, coolie systems, contract workers, guest workers, innumerable forms of border control—since, if the system ever really came close to its own fantasy version of itself, in which workers were free to hire on and quit their work wherever and whenever they wanted, the entire system would collapse.


Perhaps somebody who hasn’t read much about these things can find it a good beginner’s read but this isn’t the case for me. About Contact News Giving to the Press. It is therefore anthropologists’ responsibility to share this information and engage people in dialogue who wish to build liberated relationships and communities.

But that’s anthrpoology what anarchy strives to break down.

Are we supposed amthropology believe that before the Athenians, it never really occurred to anyone, anywhere, to gather all the members of their community in order to make joint decisions in a way that gave everyone equal say?

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! It’s that [anarchy] is primarily concerned with forms of practice; it insists, before anything else, that one’s means must be consonant with one’s ends; one cannot create freedom through authoritarian means; in fact, as much as possible, one must oneself, in one’s relations with one’s friends and allies, embody the society one wishes to create.

Graeber argues that anthropologists are the only ones who have the necessary knowledge to challenge the current ideological anthropollgy. One of the most striking discoveries of evolutionary anthropology has been that it is perfectly possible to have kings and nobles and all the exterior trappings of monarchy without having a state in the mechanical sense at all.

We self-organize and engage in mutual aid all the time. Most importantly, this anarchist anthropology ought to start formulating theories which are wo This is an intriguing little booklet in which David Graeber outlines what an anarchist anthropology might look like.