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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But in just over pages, he very lucidly lays out a description of the political philosophy, the problems it faces in academic adoption, and the case for anthropological study of anarchist groups.

May 02, Parker rated it it was amazing.

The Vezo of Madagascar: I have SO many favorite quotes in this book! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It’s a very short read, that lays out some groundwork anarcgist his projects to come.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

Why are there so few anarchists in academia? Anarchism has tended to be an ethical discourse about revolutionary practice” p. Find the complete text at: Insightful, inspiring, and accessible.

It seems that while operating within the confines of the ivory tower, he understands the limits of anthropology and academia. Graeber’s style of writing and arguing may be very attractive, so may be his wi Challenging is the word to describe this very short and easy-to-read book.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber

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. One of the most striking suggestions in the pamphlet anthropoloty the traditional anarchist notion of aggressive confrontation with the state.

Return to Book Page. Most importantly, this anarchist anthropology ought to start formulating theories which are woefully missing amongst the present-day sciences: He then points out that the anarchist inspired new-internationalist “anti-globalization” movement is drawing upon these traditions of “true” democracy. 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” gdaeber Posted By Malva Sep 16 Anthropologists, terrified of being accused of romanticism, respond with silence.


Majority democracy, we might say, can only emerge when two factors coincide: Part of the problem, Graeber claims, is that traditionally, academics on the radical left have gravitated toward the more “High Theory”-oriented Marxism Karl Marx himself was a PhD rather than the more practice-oriented anarchism.

This is social theory written in a style you could discuss in the pub – as fragmnets as you’re still sober enough to follow the arguments! About Contact News Giving to the Press.

This was another assigned book, and one my professor had raved about reading.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in anthropolkgy realm of possibility: It lived up anthropklogy everything she said, and then some. The dismantling of the welfare state in the US and other Western countries over the last quarter-century has not led to more opportunities for self-organization and empowerment, but less.

The ending was particularly strong and nice. Fragments of an Anarchist Anthr – Graeber, David. Instead, there were “gift economies. What a wonderful piece of work.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Graeber

However, as I alluded to above, and as Graeber discusses in grounded detail, smaller examples do exist. Other than a brief foray into Proudhon’s Property Is Theft!

No trivia or quizzes yet. You don’t have to be an anarchist or an anthropologist to get the message.

Rather than dictate what shoud be done as a Marxist might, Graeber analyzes, in a brilliant way, what humans already do, and highlights their anarchist tendencies by reframing them as such. This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism.

I’m very sympathetic towards anarchist ideals and I find David Graeber a very anthroopology and engaging person. Oct fragmentw, Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing. Dec 07, John anqrchist it it was amazing Recommended to John by: This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism.


Graeber has a history of social and political activism, including his role in protests against the World Economic Forum in New York City and membership in the labor union Industrial Workers of the World. Sep 16, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: There would appear to be no society which does not see human life as fundamentally a problem.

One need only glance at the historical record to confirm that most successful forms of popular resistance anthrooology taken precisely this form. Discussion from the A Book Club on Goodreads here. They have not involved challenging power head on this usually leads to being slaughtered, or if not, turning into some—often even uglier—variant of the very thing one first challenged but from one or another strategy of slipping away from its grasp, from flight, desertion, the founding of new communities.

The beginning of any revolutionary process is the ability to imagine alternatives; to dream. Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber. It is therefore anthropologists’ responsibility to share this information and engage people in dialogue who wish to build liberated relationships and communities.

If you’re not sure if something is appropriate for the library, please ask in the feedback and content forum. Types of federation Affinity group Synthesis anarchism Platformism. Admittedly, this is only a pamphlet and he concedes it in the very title: Graves, Brown, Mauss, Sorel Section 3: Furthermore, no nation has ever existed without daivd subversive enclaves which keep the larger social framework in a state of constant change.

I’ll try that one in the future.