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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Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

To this day they have ftagments a reputation as masters of evasion: 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.

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 decision-making.

If everyone was free to travel, a lot more effort would be put into making now poor countries great places to live, so that their people would not come “over here” I learned a bit about the consensus process too. Rather than dictate what shoud be done as a Marxist might, Graeber analyzes, in a dzvid way, what humans already do, and highlights their anarchist tendencies by reframing them as such.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Accordingly, he advocates for total open borders, amnesty on international debt, and the cancellation of all patents and other intellectual property rights that is more than one year old. Blowing Up Walls Section 5: Powerful concerns, but the magic of this book is that Graeber gives you just enough hope to not dismiss anarchism as juvenile and futile, and instead dares you to see how far this programme can be pushed.


I foresee a lot more anarchist and Graeber reading for me. He recognizes that all of this is at best necessary conditions, and at worst premature.

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Fredo Corvo – Iran: Developments and workers’ struggles in the Greek textile industry, Refresh and try again. A few words of gut reaction: For I fear that here Graeber overly idealizes academia, and the discipline of anthropology in particular.

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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology David Graeber. Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Tsimihety, rejecting all governmental authority and organizing their society along very egalitarian lines, were able to continue their autonomy and culture for decades on end, up to the present, not by confronting the government, but by retreating. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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 the tendency to name anarchist sects by the manner in which the sect organizes.

It lived up to everything she said, and then some.


And shame on me because many of the popular arguments against anarchism have been my own: Why are there so few anarchists in academia? Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this anarcihst that currently only exists in the realm of possibility: For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

He also admirably makes quite clear the parody of intellectual ‘debate’ in academic circles. Anthrlpology, and so optimistic.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Graeber

And anyway, even if we’re wrong, we might well get a lot closer” Revolutionary action does not necessarily have to aim to topple governments. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. Tea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Find the complete text at: This is highly recommended as an introduction to Graeber’s work.

The good part is that his proposals for a new body of theory may indeed bear fruits or spawn a thought revolution, although I’m skeptical about it should his call be answered by other anthropologists. Majority democracy, we might say, can only emerge when two factors coincide: Perhaps somebody who hasn’t read much about these things can find it a good beginner’s read but this isn’t the case for me.

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