At the same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to The case study at the center of Direct Action is the organizing and events that led David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University. Direct Action*a thorough analysis of the ‘invisible architecture’ (p. ) of the At the start of this weighty ethnographic tome, David Graeber is in the early years. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Direct action: an ethnography | In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Written in a clear, accessible style with a minimum of academic jargonthis study brings readers behind the scenes of a movement that has changed the terms of debate about actioj power relations.
Fascinating reading full of insights on how these practices of democracy come about in davis practice rather than through some grand theoretical vision. Read this book as OWS was taking off-timely!
David Graebers background in anthropology makes everything he writes fascinating. Perfect inbetweener when you’re reading up on more dense theory. I was thinking of doing an abridged edition of this book for a university press – that way it could be assigned for classes. 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.
A necessary read for any activist who believes direct action with a diversity of tactics is the only way to build a movement.
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Radical publishing and distribution since Ethnograhpy section gets a little more theoretical, but still in Graeber’s easy conversational style. No trivia or quizzes yet. In other words, it would necessarily involve something like the ethnographic understanding that Graeber elaborates savid. Books by David Graeber. I couldn’t help thinking of Margaret Killjoy ‘s book on anarchist fiction, Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: You don’t have to agree with everything to be stimulated emotionally and intellectually!
Dropping the reader straight into an activist group, Graeber does a great job of immersing you in the world of the activist with large sections of straight quotation, interspersed with discussion and context.
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Also, it is very exciting. Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: Our visibility comes in the form of giant puppets and smashed windows, two images Graeber explores at length, but images that do not convey the practical vision of what a new world could look like, inherent in intentional, mindful meeting process.
But more than that it’s made me want to seek out activist groups, organise, and take to the streets. Details In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the ethnogrsphy justice movement. His argument hinges on what he calls the “politics of imagination” to which he juxtaposes the modern hegemony of a “politics of violence.
In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. Aug 20, Shaun added it.
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.
These chapters are titled “Meetings,” “Actions,” and “Representation,” and are the bits where in a ‘normal’ anthropology book the writer would begin to make generalizations or maybe attack someone else’s generalizations.
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To ask other readers questions about Direct Actionplease sign up. So it is not nearly as heavy or weird as a book about the Malagasy would be, for graebef.
When, instead, imagination is free of such restriction, the presumed necessity of the rule of force completely disappears. I’ve spent a lot of time narrowing down what this book is and isn’t about.
What I wanted was basically more of what’s in Debt and Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology; what this is, instead, is kind of a trip diary of some of Graeber’s activist activities. On June 15,Graeber accepted the offer of a lectureship in the anthropology department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he currently holds the title of Reader in Social Anthropology. The Utopia of Rules David Graeber.
Starting from the assumption that, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, “objective” perspective is impossible, he writes as both scholar and activist.
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I’m gonna go ahead and call this a great book. Thus, seasoned activists may find Graeber’s analysis and description of radical culture and ideas to already be common knowledge. Feb 15, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: Even the rule of force requires an underlying imagination of social possibility, however narrow, in order to be realized in practice.
At the same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to important ongoing political events is a serious and unique contribution to the field of anthropology, as well as an inquiry into anthropology’s political implications.
From graeger If I didn’t read this book, I probably would have dropped out of my master’s program, completely disillusioned with anthropology and the state of many current ethnographies which reinforce oppressive hegemonic, racist and oppressive structures.
ISBN Full text not available from this repository. I know that isn’t necessarily the point, the point is to push the boundaries, get us some more freedom and space to live, some more joy There is obviously going to be a lot more understanding between Graeber and the members of the direct action tribe than there would be between the anthropologist and the c Having borrowed this door-stopper from a public library, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to finish it before the last allowed renewal but then I got into it.
This book is a timeless and relevant piece with detailed looks inside meetings and communications that all lead up to and include direct actions. Graeber was active more or less in three groups during the period covered in the book: While a fascinating read, dacid in mind that Graeber’s intended audience are people who are relatively new to the movement. It is a bit ironic that he occasionally takes digs at ‘movement celebrities’ and people who claim ‘to speak for the movement’ when that is pretty much what he is up to here, but the idea that this book is meant to be part of a dialogue acyion not meant as some kind of anarchist “Grundrisse” is pretty clear.
Lots to think about! This grseber study, as much as the actions he describes, itself has radical implications- that one can be both an ethnographer and a participant who is not a faceless, subjective figure. AK Press Distribution Amazon. More by this author Bullshit Jobs David Graeber.