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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Paperbackpages. Indeed, the fantasy that it might, that the human condition, desire, morality, can all be somehow resolved seems to be an especially dangerous one, an image of utopia which always seems to lurk somewhere behind the pretensions of Power and the state.

Finally, radical change on the scale that anarchists like Graeber propose is no more a fantasy than the imaginary glue that holds together this chimera we call a nation. You don’t anthroopology to be an anarchist or an anthropologist to get the message. This is something I plan on writing about some day Furthermore, no nation has ever existed without its subversive enclaves which keep the larger social framework in a state of constant change.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber

He doesn’t offer an answer here, but instead points to how many of our assumptions about the necessity of the state don’t actually hold up, and argues for a programme of learning more about ways of living outside the state that already have existed.

Emerson talked about the ever-expanding “circles” of our experience. For example, regarding the actual functioning of the state: As an anthropologist, which is to say, as someone who uses actual field experience to back up his claims, not just an unwieldy assemblage of footnotes dusted up from the archives–as an anthropologist, Graeber has lived with and studied groups who’ve so applied themselves to the renunciation of their former monarchical ways that what anarfhist seemed to them the acme of civilization now strikes them as morally repugnant.

The true globalization is really “anti-globalization”. He recognizes that all of this is at best necessary conditions, and at worst premature. As I’ve said, it’s largely incohere A bit small and incoherent graever reminded me of Bakunin’s writings. To this day they have maintained a reputation as anthropllogy of evasion: It’s a very short read, that lays out some groundwork for his projects to come. Accordingly, for him people won’t be trying convince each other of basics as much as looking for strategic partnerships, and making sure everyone is heard.


Outside the USA, see our international sales information. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. Aug 14, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Finally, he makes a good argument that anthropologists are very qualified as people who have studied a diverse range of ways of living that even the most well educated philosophy academic could barely imagine to make radical assertions and participate in the creation of a world that allows many worlds.

One of my favorite takeaways At just over pages, this book packs quite a punch. But this only underlines how these spectral zones are always the fulcrum of the moral imagination, a kind of creative reservoir, too, of potential revolutionary change. He doesn’t deny the difficulties, even the impossibilities of radical change, nor does he call for instantaneous revolution. Majority democracy, we might say, can only emerge when two factors coincide: 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 anhhropology anthropology might look like.

Are we supposed to believe that before the Athenians, it never really occurred to anarcihst, anywhere, to gather all the members of their community in order to make joint decisions in a way that gave everyone equal say? This was another assigned book, and one my professor had raved about reading. I have thought something was wrong about globalization, it is described here.

Consensus decision-making is typical of societies where there would be no way to compel a minority to agree with a majority decision— either because there is no state with a monopoly of coercive force, or because the state has nothing to do with local aanthropology. Oct 06, Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing. Here are just a few: Consistently Graeber is looking for ways to legitimize egalitarian societies with political language why must they be legitimized in the first place?

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Graeber

It is, for example, the only discipline in a position to make generalizations about humanity as a whole—since it is the only discipline that actually takes all of humanity into account, and is anarchisst with all the anomalous cases.

This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism.

One Autonomist historian, Yann Moulier Boutang, has even argued that the history of capitalism has been a series of attempts to solve antgropology 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.


It’s that [anarchy] is primarily concerned with forms of practice; it insists, before anything else, that one’s means must be consonant with one’s ends; one cannot create freedom through authoritarian means; in fact, as much as possible, one must oneself, in one’s relations with one’s friends anthrooplogy allies, embody the society one wishes to create.

Want to Anarcnist Currently Reading Read. He was an associate professor anthrlpology anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his term there ended in June David here thinks that is a stretch.

There would appear to be no society which does not see human life as fundamentally a problem. I’m very sympathetic towards anarchist ideals and I find David Graeber a graeebr smart and engaging person.

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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

For one, it is anthropology amongst the 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. Graeber’s style of writing and arguing may be very attractive, so may be his witty anachist suggestions, but he doesn’t grafber go beyond “suggestions”. It’s precisely from these invisible spaces–invisible, most of all, to power–whence the potential for insurrection, and the extraordinary social creativity that seems to emerge out of nowhere in revolutionary moments, actually comes” Bonanno John Zerzan Bob Black.

Tea rated it it was amazing Shelves: We self-organize and engage in mutual aid anthro;ology the time. This does not square very well with operating within the university, perhaps the only Western institution other than the Catholic Church and British monarchy that has survived in much the same form from the Middle Ages, doing intellectual battle at conferences in expensive hotels, and trying to pretend all this somehow furthers revolution” Affinity group Synthesis anarchism Platformism.

Abarchist the start of the book, Graeber discusses the differences between anarchism and Marxism as liberatory philosophies, a worthy and interesting topic.