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 BY DAVID GRAEBER Graeber’s short and self-consciously fragmentary book rehearses critiques of capitalism. 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.

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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Short enjoyable read about many things. Short enough to read yourself. An anarchist and xavid challenges other anarchic academics to bring it harder in the academy. Types of federation Affinity group Synthesis anarchism Platformism.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Graeber

The first step towards an anti-capitalist society, as Graeber presents it, is to dream, to imagine alternatives, to demand the impossible. But it is also possible to recognize that it is already starting to happen. I first read this book in orwhen I was still new to anarchism. Marxism has tended to be a theoretical or analytical discourse about revolutionary strategy.

Bold, and so optimistic. It This is highly recommended as an introduction to Graeber’s work. For I fear that here Graeber overly idealizes academia, and the discipline of anthropology in particular. I foresee a lot more anarchist and Graeber reading for me. Perhaps somebody who hasn’t read much about these things can find it a good beginner’s read but this isn’t the case for me.

One Autonomist historian, Yann Moulier Boutang, has even argued that the history of capitalism has been a series of attempts to solve the problem of worker mobility—hence the endless elaboration of institutions like indenture, slavery, coolie systems, contract workers, guest workers, innumerable forms of border control—since, if the system ever really came close to its own fantasy version of itself, in which workers were free to hire on and quit their work wherever and whenever they wanted, the entire system would collapse.


He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his term there ended in June Jun 30, Sharad Pandian rated it it was amazing Shelves: The title is honest, it’s too small to judge it for lacking any concrete new theory and it seems that it wants to be superficial.

None of these dilemmas are going to vanish if we eliminate structural equalities much though I think this would radically improve things in just about every other way. Accordingly, he anqrchist for total open borders, amnesty on international debt, and the cancellation of all patents and other intellectual property rights that is more than one year old.

David here thinks that is a stretch. For one, it is anthropology amongst graeger best suited domain to take on anarchist theory because it is anthropologists who would be most likely to have studied self-governing, non-market communities—not sociologists, economists, or historians. Insightful, inspiring, and accessible. Majority democracy, we might say, can only emerge when two factors coincide: And anyway, even if we’re wrong, we might well get a lot closer” It also makes the case for why anthropology has the answers we seek for how to reorganize society.

However, Graeber also criticizes anthropologists for their failure to make the most of the intellectual material they have gathered, for their allegiance to the academic elite as favid of the elite as a whole.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber

Published April 1st by Prickly Paradigm Press first published And anyway, even “Another world is possible” quote in the book, pulled from a Brazilian folk song I really enjoyed this book. This pamphlet Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, ggraeber the academy.


Anarchist and Radical Book Club. This seems to me to be exactly wrong. If you’ve not yet read Graeber, and want to dip your toe into his work, this is gradber great place to start.

But what if they didn’t? Jul 29, Cara rated it it anthropilogy amazing. He is insightful, bringing to light the tendency of Marxists to name their sects after the people who wrote them amusingly the list evolves from state leaders to academicsand the tendency to name anarchist sects by the manner in which the sect organizes.

After all, critics will immediately ask how we can do without the state and its coerciveness. Instead of people selling us or renting us out we rent out ourselves. And shame on me because many of the popular arguments against anarchism have been my own: Before reading Graeber, I hadn’t encountered anything similar.

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David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. Rather than dictate what shoud be done as a Marxist might, Graeber analyzes, in a brilliant way, what humans already do, and highlights their anarchist tendencies by reframing them anthropoloby such.