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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My only gripe with the book is that it is too long. Dropping the reader straight into an activist group, Graeber does a great job of immersing you in the world of the acti This was one of the books I was least excited about in my to read pile, but ended up being directt of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. Oct 8, ISBN Kerr labor classics The Subversion of Politics: Feb 28, Dylan rated it it was amazing.

BUT what wonder–what treasures–what gold!! Feb 19, jess b marked it as did-not-finish. The politics of imagination, on the other hand, always present in art and revolutionary moments, and revived in the contemporary anarchist movements that comprise Graeber’s ethnographic subject, acknowledges that imagination underlies all social reality. The next 3 chapters are also great, although requiring progressively more brain power.

AK Press- Social Science – pages. Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: So like, first of all, mad props. Geaeber, it would have to begin from an analysis of movement building practices and organizing, and what kinds of collective compositions they create and sustain.

As I understand it, it was a long time in the making so I graebeer they decided it was time to ship it as it was. Dec 08, Adam rated it really liked it. A reaffirmation of the police state and power built on fear.


He follows an affinity group from initial discussions through to action on the streets of Quebec, showing the full gamut of anarchist organisation and action.

Direct Action: An Ethnography

Tea rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read it before it was even done and I couldn’t wait for it to come out. 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 world power relations.

Despite being sympathetic to it, being an anarchist himself, he paints the North American anarchist activist community as an inward-looking circle-jerk that’s about as likely to accomplish immediate tiny goals as liberal protesters whose tactics, big talk on the part of anarchists aside, end up being almost identical in practiceand somewhat less likely than certain species of reformists.

The middle gets mushy but that might be because i took a 6 month break and because I recall him talking a lot about many things i understood. The case study at the center of Direct Action is the organizing and events that led to the one of the most dramatic and militant mass protests in recent years, against the Summit of the Americas First of all, I read this book with theory in mind, despite the fact that Graeber sees theory in ethnography as largely irrelevant.

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. But if nothing else, he helps me to understand why summit riots are so important to so many people, and their political ramifications.

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I’ll ethnographhy keep an eye out for his future work An Ethnography by David Graeber. With “Direct Action” David Graeber has written an important and timely book. Selected pages Title Page.


American consensus practice from Quakers, for whom that form of decision making is sacred cant find the quote. This is precisely the book needed for such a task, one that in doing so reveals and elaborates the potentialities both of social movement organizing and the imaginative power of politically engaged scholarship.

This is the first work of anthropology I’ve read, and it’s an awesome entry to the genre. Graber suggests that revolutionary movements have always taken place at the intersection between upward and downward class and social mobility- as alliances form, both physical in terms of resources, funding and theoretical dissemination, ideas, art between artists, writers, theorists, and workers.

Direct action: an ethnography

Consists of Graeber’s personal involvement, notes, minutes, and summaries of many public meetings in preparing for the summit; analysis of the nature of non-violence and civil disobedience in America posts in light of the Zapatistas, Earth First!

Aug 18, Jonathan rated it did not like it. I recommended it to many people before it was even published!!!! The Failure of Nonviolence e-book Peter Gelderloos. It did make me angry, though, at police especially but also at the whole system that makes everything such crap. Jan 22, David rated it it was amazing.

Lists with This Book. Other editions – View all Direct Action: Jan ehnography, firesandwords rated it liked it Shelves: Also, it is very exciting.

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