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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 Anarchist thought and practice has left its mark on a series of high-profile social movements .

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Making Kin not Population Adele Clarke. He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his term there graeher in June He then points out that the anarchist inspired new-internationalist “anti-globalization” movement is drawing upon these traditions of “true” democracy. Challenging is the word to describe this very short and easy-to-read book.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

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Full text available here. Tea rated it it was amazing Shelves: In particular, Graeber suggests several areas a hypothetical anarchist anthropology would need to tackle, and in the book elaborates fragmfnts each point briefly:.

I’m very sympathetic towards anarchist ideals and I find David Graeber a very smart and engaging person.

Is the globe itself to become a state? This is social theory written in a style grxeber could discuss in the pub – as long as you’re still sober enough to follow the arguments! Dec 24, Collier Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: A bit small and incoherent and reminded me of Bakunin’s writings.

This reading short book has been in my thoughts every day since I read it about one month ago. Be the first to ask a question about Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Fragments of an anarchist anthropology 2nd pr.


Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Jul 15, Anick-Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: The anarchist anthropology that almost already does exist Section 4: Then he spends a good deal of the book defining sets of theories, papers, and books that he At the start of the book, Graeber discusses the differences between anarchism and Marxism as liberatory philosophies, a worthy and interesting topic.

Oct 11, Apemaskin rated it it was amazing. Graeber’s style of writing and arguing may be very attractive, so may be his witty utopian suggestions, but he doesn’t really go beyond “suggestions”. He recognizes that all of this is at best necessary conditions, and at worst premature. Graves, Brown, Mauss, Sorel Section 3: His background in anarchy however seems to stick out as well, seeing as he did his time in the anti-globalization era it seems fitting that he is attached to strictly non-violent symbolic forms of protest, which taints his practice of anthropology and effect At the beginning, Graeber had some interesting points and lines to draw with anthropology, anarchy and the academy.

Philosophy, political science, economics, tend only to use the vocabulary that stems from the Western experience: Paperbackpages.

I have also thought for many years that optimism is the only choice– for 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!

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Graeber

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


It’s a very short read, that lays out some groundwork for his projects to come. The beginning of any revolutionary process anhhropology the ability to imagine alternatives; to dream. But it’s basically the same sort of arrangement” Are we supposed to believe dacid before the Athenians, it never really occurred to anyone, anywhere, to gather all the members of their community in order to make joint decisions in a way that gave everyone equal say? And this is critical because it already shows that anarchism is, already, and has always been, one of the main bases for human interaction.

This is the most upfront side of the book, but also its least convincing one. While it challenges our basic assumptions about society, state, power, knowledge, some of the dominant paradigms of political and sociological thought, it limits itself to identifying cracks in modern thinking and to suggesting paths of revolutionizing it and the world.

Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in the realm of possibility: It This is highly recommended as an introduction to Graeber’s work. Admittedly, this is only anarchisf pamphlet and he concedes it in the very title: Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy.