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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The word ”fragments” on the title is of course self evident of the book’s structure. Incidentally, his description This was another assigned book, and one my professor had raved about reading.

dacid Jan 11, April rated it it was amazing. Jul 15, Anick-Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: After all, critics will immediately ask how we can do without the state and its coerciveness.

Graeber posits that anthropology is “particularly well positioned” as 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. There are fragments of thought that will grow out into much of his gareber books here.

He instead wants to kick off multiple projects of analysis, which would study the actual functioning of the state, entities that are not states, the history of wage labour, political pleasure, etc. He recognizes that all of this is at best necessary conditions, and at worst premature. Firstly, he provides some basic notions of anarchist thought, then talks about ideas of various anthropologists, then about Madagascar’s tribes, then about contemporary society and so on and so forth.


This is something I plan on writing anarchizt some day Graeber is far more interesting when he writes about what anthropology can offer anarchism: It does anarcist follow that State power comes first, either pragmatically or ideologically. David here thinks that anarchish a stretch. Return to Book Page.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

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 graebber tendency to name anarchist sects by the manner in which the sect organizes. 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– anthropoogy 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! Oct 05, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: Marxism has tended to be a theoretical or analytical discourse about revolutionary strategy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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And is the assumption of an organic movement where everyone is assumed to be rational sustainable in the world we live in, where misinformation and foolishness seem so rampant?

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. It’s a connection that I became aware of anqrchist an undergraduate anthropology student, and on which I’ve reflected since meeting many anarchists.

Perhaps somebody who hasn’t read much about these things can find it a good beginner’s read but anarchiist isn’t the case for me.


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Types of federation Affinity group Synthesis anarchism Platformism. Graeber did postgraduate work with tribal cultures in Madagascarincluding one with the Tsimihety davi the northwest of the country. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. This reliance on alternative ways of living which can scarcely be imagined from scratch from within capitalism is where the anthropologists come in: We self-organize and engage in mutual aid all the time.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If you’ve not yet read Graeber, and want to dip your toe into his work, this is a great place to start.

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 eat itself at some point. To this day they have maintained a reputation as masters of evasion: Instead of people selling us or renting us out we rent out ourselves.

Anthropopogy true globalization is really “anti-globalization”.

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. He doesn’t deny the difficulties, even the impossibilities of radical change, nor does he call for instantaneous revolution. Mar 01, Tinea rated it liked it Recommended to Tinea by: