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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Sep 16, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fredo Corvo – Iran: Pure, not as in uncomplicated, but pure as in grounded in a simple opposition to oppression and embrace of all people as people.

I have also thought for many years that optimism is the only choice– for if we act in the world in an optimistic and open minded manner, we will more likely end up with better results even if only minorly better, I’ll still take it! At the beginning, Graeber had some interesting points and lines to draw with anthropology, anarchy and the academy. It’s a connection that I became aware of as an undergraduate anthropology student, and on which I’ve reflected since meeting many anarchists.

It is also because the practice of ethnography provides at least something of a model, if a very rough, incipient model, of how nonvanguardist revolutionary intellectual practice might work.

They have not involved challenging power head on this usually leads to being slaughtered, or if not, turning into some—often even uglier—variant of the very thing one first challenged but from one or another strategy of slipping away from its grasp, from flight, desertion, the founding of new communities. The Stansted 15 protesters, who stopped a government deportation flight from taking off in March last year, have today been found guilty of breaching terror laws. Thanks for the e-book of this popular text.

I’m very sympathetic towards anarchist ideals and I find David Graeber a very smart and engaging person.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Challenging is the word to describe this very short and easy-to-read book. Dec 24, Collier Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: Trivia About Fragments of an Anaarchist If it’s your first time on the site, or you’re looking for something specific, it can be difficult to know where to start. The ending was particularly strong and nice.


The word ”fragments” on the title is of course self evident of the book’s structure. For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: At the start of the book, Graeber discusses the differences between anarchism and Marxism as liberatory philosophies, a worthy anaarchist interesting topic.

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Why are there so few anarchists in academia? This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarcchist.

Graeber posits that anthropology is “particularly well positioned” anarcnist an academic discipline that can look at the gamut of human societies and organizations, to study, analyze and catalog alternative social and economic structures around the world, and most importantly, present these alternatives to the world.

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This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat However, Graeber also criticizes anthropologists for their failure to make the graeer of the intellectual material they have gathered, for their allegiance to the academic elite as part of the elite as a whole.

Greek, Latin, or German. Having just read it again and now being much more familiar with many of the principles and arguments Graeber is discussing, I if love it aj highly recommend it! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I highly recommend it to people of all shapes and form—at the very least because it is packed with meaningful history and analysis of two fields about which probably no one knows about: He also admirably makes quite clear the parody of intellectual ‘debate’ in academic circles.

Kindle users may have to convert this file [via Calibre, a free e-book program] to a “true” MOBI file first. Essentially, the reader can expect to gain a good intuitive understanding of what this entire field of anthrpology ought to do, which is a miracle for such a short book. Graeber argues that anthropologists are the only ones who have the necessary knowledge to challenge the current ideological establishment.


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Dec 07, John rated it it was amazing Recommended to John by: Christmas with the Gilets Jaunes. Professor of anthropology David Graeber provides an overview of the possibilities for an anarchist approach to anthropological research.

One of the “initial assumptions” and there are only two that Graeber lays is the need for optimism: Graeber did postgraduate work with tribal cultures in Madagascarincluding one with anarhist Tsimihety in the northwest of the country. The libcom library contains nearly 20, articles. Objectors claim that no large anarchist organization has ever provided us with a model of social sustainability. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Marxism has tended to be a theoretical or analytical discourse about revolutionary strategy. It lived up to everything she said, and then some. 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. And anarcjist on me because many of the popular arguments against anarchism have been my own: Developments and workers’ struggles in the Greek anyhropology industry, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

As I’ve said, it’s largely incoherent dvaid no sense of flow so the author jumps from one point to the next leaving you with a sense of confusion. One need only glance at the historical record to confirm that most frag,ents forms of popular resistance have taken precisely this form. Anthropology in which the author somewhat reluctantly bites the hand that feeds him.