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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The ending was particularly strong and nice.

To ask other readers questions about Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropologyplease sign up. I think I read it twice back-to-back because I loved anthropolog so much and because it’s such an accessible and concise introduction. But in just over pages, he very lucidly lays out a description of the political philosophy, the problems it faces in academic adoption, and the case for anthropological study of anarchist groups.

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Graeber is far more interesting when he writes about what anthropology can offer anarchism: 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. 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.

Before reading Graeber, I hadn’t encountered anything similar. Dec 07, John rated it it was amazing Recommended to John by: And this is critical because it already shows that anarchism is, already, and has always been, one of the main bases for human interaction. Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber. Graeber is refreshing and thoughtful. The libcom library contains nearly 20, articles.


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And history shows us that the continual accumulation of such acts can change almost everything. Oct anthropoogy, Morgane rated it it was amazing. May 02, Parker rated it it was amazing. Steve Keen -the australian guru-economist – has recommended his book on debt.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

Graeber offers several possibilities why anthropologists are reluctant to come out and make normative judgments and proposals: Marxist political economy, and Foucaultian analytics of power, different as they are from one another, both view State power as an effect and an instrument of social, political, technological, and economic power relations, rather than as the source, or the most basic component, of those relations.

It This is highly recommended as an introduction to Graeber’s work. I loved the anthropological direction taken in regards to anarchism. 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: Section 1 Section 2: It does not follow that State power comes first, either pragmatically or ideologically.

And shame on me because many of the popular arguments against anarchism have been my own: Marxism has tended to be anthhropology theoretical or analytical discourse about revolutionary strategy. The Tsimihety, rejecting all governmental authority and organizing their society along very egalitarian lines, were able to continue their autonomy and culture for decades on end, up graeeber the present, not by confronting the government, but by retreating.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology – The Pinocchio Theory

Graeber wants to ally the discipline of anthropology with the anarchist currents that have shown up, most recently, in the anti-globalization movement. It also makes the case for why anthropology has the answers we seek for how to reorganize society. But it’s basically the same sort of arrangement” If you don’t have permissions to post content yet, just request it here. What anarchism can offer anthropology, according to Graeber, is a way out of academicist impasses, a aanrchist that anthropology might change the world, rather than merely interpret it to use a Marxian formulation to which Graeber might well antjropology averse; here he soft-pedals the Marxist slant that was more apparent in his previous — anthropollogy more traditionally academic — book, Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value.


Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

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. Short enough to read og. This elimination of sharp distinctions between the pretensions of power and its reality, between a supposed modern West and others, etc. It’s still a great intro, but it’s also a terrific little perk: Jul 15, Anick-Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in the realm of possibility: This is an intriguing little booklet in which David Graeber outlines what an anarchist anthropology might look like.