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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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.

The importance of anthropology for anarchism is that it demonstrates the possibilities of living in other conditions; namely, in the absence of capitalism or the state. One of my favorite takeaways At just over pages, this book packs quite a punch.

You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. One need only glance at the historical record to confirm that most successful forms of popular resistance have taken precisely this form. 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.

Books by David Graeber. David Graeber is an anthropologist and also an anarchist.

Aug 14, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published April 1st by Prickly Paradigm Press first published 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 anarchost itself at some point.

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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Other than a brief foray into Proudhon’s Property Is Theft! And how can this model of consensus making scale? Steve Keen -the australian guru-economist – has recommended his book on debt. An anarchist and academic challenges other anarchic academics to bring it harder in the academy.


The false coin of our own dreams- David Graeber Revolutions in reverse: 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. This is an intriguing little booklet in which David Graeber outlines what an anarchist anthropology might look like. anqrchist

May 09, Sharlyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you have an ebook reader or a Kindle, check out our guide to using ebook readers with libcom. The beginning of any revolutionary process is the ability to imagine alternatives; to dream. I first read this book in orwhen I was still new to anarchism. This reading short book has been in my thoughts every day since I read it about one month ago.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber

Perhaps even too optimistic, because how can anything like the modern needs of so many be fulfilled without the coerciveness of modern capitalism? Thanks to anthropology, imagining anthropologh to our lived reality doesn’t have to remain in our dreams; we can do it by trying to put ourselves in the shoes of those people who walk in a a wholly alternate reality.

Trivia About Fragments of an A Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in the realm of possibility: Is the globe itself to become a state? Another thing about the book I particulary liked was the strong critiq Graeber goes into several subjects, but of particular interest may be the debate between consensus democracy and compulsion democracy.

Graeber argues persuasively that it would be juvenile not to. Types of federation Affinity group Synthesis anarchism Platformism. It is they who know about egalitarian or stateless societies and it is comparative ethnography that could provide the anarchist movement with alternatives of organization. Aside from being sort of cutely humorous on its own and super confident, the stories that Graeber shares of stateless of anarchistic communities are such excellent reminders of what inadequate histories we in the U.


I think anhhropology should make common cause with them. Finally, he makes a greber argument that anthropologists are very qualified as people who anthropologj studied a diverse range of ways of living that even the most well educated philosophy academic could barely imagine to make radical assertions and participate in the creation of a world that anthroppology many worlds. It is, for example, the only discipline in a position to make generalizations about humanity as a whole—since it is the only discipline that actually takes all of humanity into account, and is familiar with all the anomalous cases.

The ab of the welfare state in the US and other Western countries over the last quarter-century has not led to more opportunities fragmets self-organization and empowerment, but less.

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. Furthermore, no nation has ever existed without its subversive enclaves which keep the larger social framework in a state of constant change. Each, he says, has a lot to offer the ftagments. And history shows us that the continual accumulation of such acts can change almost everything.

At the beginning, Graeber had some interesting points and lines to draw with anthropology, anarchy and the academy.

The ending was particularly strong and nice. And I tend to agree. Tian Oct 14 David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. Be the first to ask a question about Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Incidentally, his description This was another assigned book, and one my professor had raved about reading. Really the heartbeat of this little book is in its meager attempt to open the imagination just a smidge.