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 Anarchist thought and practice has left its mark on a series of high-profile social movements .

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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Graeber has a history of social and political activism, including his role in protests against the World Economic Forum in New York City and membership in the labor union Industrial Workers of the World.

Views Read Edit View history. Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy. The word ”fragments” on the title is of course self evident of the book’s structure. This is the most upfront side of the book, but also its least convincing one. Jan 22, foxfire rated it it was ok.

This reading short book has been in my thoughts every day since I read it about one month ago. Short enjoyable read about many things. But his example from indigenous Madagascaran groups is much more compelling than the Crimethinc types.

They have not involved challenging power head on this usually leads to being slaughtered, or if not, anacrhist into some—often even uglier—variant of the very thing one first challenged but from one or another graeer of slipping away from its grasp, from flight, desertion, the founding of new communities.

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Click here for the guide. A fresh look at Lenin – Andy Brown. He doesn’t offer an answer here, but instead points to how many of our assumptions about the necessity of the state don’t actually hold up, and argues for a programme of learning more about ways of living outside the state that already have existed.

May 02, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Other than a brief foray abthropology Proudhon’s Property Is Theft! Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

Majority democracy, we might say, can only emerge when two factors coincide: It’s a very short read, that lays out some groundwork for his projects to come. 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.

Books about anarchism Anthropology books books Pamphlets. He doesn’t paint this future in any significant detail though, but he does give some startings points -which aren’t new in any way.

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To ask other readers questions about Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropologyplease sign up. The latter is of most interest to me, and on which Graeber most concentrates.

I first read this book in orwhen I was still new to anarchism. Oct 05, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: I loved the anthropological direction taken in regards to anarchism. 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 quite the contrary.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Retrieved from ” https: There would appear to be no society which does not see human life as fundamentally a problem.

Instead of people selling us or renting us out we rent out ourselves. Emerson talked about the ever-expanding “circles” of our experience. It This is highly recommended as an introduction to Graeber’s work. Mar 01, Tinea rated it liked it Recommended to Tinea by: This elimination of sharp distinctions between the pretensions of power and its reality, between a supposed modern West and others, etc. Short enough to read yourself.

There is, thankfully, no nostalgia, and no call to order, or reverencing of past political models, in this book. Revolutionary action does not necessarily have to aim to topple governments. I’ll try that one in the future. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. Fragments of an anarchist anthropology 2nd pr.

One of the most striking suggestions in the pamphlet challenges the traditional anarchist notion of aggressive confrontation with the state. This is highly recommended as an introduction to Graeber’s work.