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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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I’m glad i got through it–wonderful yet extremely long. The Utopia of Rules David Graeber.

Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes erhnography first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. An Ethnography David Graeber No preview available – Graeber, David Direct action: The last chapter on Imagination divulges less from encounters and wages heavily on social theory which really rounds of this engaging book that is open for those interested for This book is a timeless and relevant piece with detailed looks inside meetings and communications that all lead up to and include direct actions.

Graeber’s definition of direct action is “insisting on acting as if one is already free” Revolutions in Reverse e-book David Graeber.

Written in a clear, accessible style with a minimum of Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. Other editions – View all Direct Action: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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, grraeber, art between artists, writers, theorists, and workers.


Feb 09, Josiah Miller rated it really liked it. Took over a year to read with a gaeber month break. The next 3 chapters are also great, although requiring progressively more brain power. He defines anarchism as a process: AK Press Collectively-owned, worker-run.

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Now I just need to find a copy. Popular recognition of this openness of possibility can only eirect after an acknowledgement of existing alienation, which is the direct outcome of the subordination of imagination to the rule of force.

Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: I would rather be able to say, hey, we won a wage hike or we won paid sick leave, then be able to say, as Graeber often does, hey, we changed the conversation. This means any egalitarian society can only be created through an egalitarian process, something along the lines of the consensus process that Graeber documents in detail.

Direct Action: An Ethnography

Nov 05, Andreas rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s a social scene, not a revolution. Sep 16, Tinea rated it it was amazing Shelves: While a fascinating read, keep in mind ethnograph Graeber’s intended audience are people who are relatively new to the movement.

It’s worth revisiting even if you know it well. I felt it was important to publish the long version first, if only for documentary purposes, because so much history would otherwise be lost. Kerr labor classics The Subversion of Politics: This is a seriously profound book for understanding the relationships between activism and culture.

Told mostly through field notes that David took as he participated. I couldn’t help thinking of Margaret Killjoy ‘s book on anarchist fiction, Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Aug 20, Shaun added it. These chapters are ethnogrqphy “Meetings,” “Actions,” and “Representation,” and are the bits where in a ‘normal’ anthropology book the writer would begin to make generalizations or maybe attack someone else’s generalizations.


It’s fascinating and inspired a lot of conversations with friends ddirect it inevitably became a huge part of my life for a few weeks, generating questions, disagreements, insights.

So awesome that I guess the publisher’s out of stock and now we’re na for a reprint. The only aspect I was sad not to see addressed was the potential application of consensus decision making outside of activist circles.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This was one of the books I was least excited about in my to read pile, but ended up being one ethhnography the most interesting books I have read in a long time. If I didn’t read this book, I probably would have dropped out of my master’s program, completely disillusioned with anthropology and the state of many current ethnographies which reinforce oppressive hegemonic, racist and oppressive structures. With his own experiences to highlight both.

The book ends with a chapter devoted to “Imagination,” a last part of life that capitalism has separated out into specific roles the elites imagine new products, the oppressed imagine the needs and desires of the elites so to best cater to them and avoid violence. 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.


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