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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It seems that while operating within the confines of the ivory tower, he understands the limits of anthropology and academia. Majority democracy, we might say, can only emerge when two factors coincide: Most importantly, this anarchist anthropology anthropolpgy to start formulating theories xavid are woefully missing amongst the present-day sciences: Jun 30, Sharad Pandian rated it it was amazing Shelves: And history shows us that the continual accumulation of such acts can change almost everything.

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Aug 14, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: And is the assumption of an organic movement where everyone is assumed to be rational sustainable in the world we live in, where misinformation and foolishness seem so rampant? Perhaps even too optimistic, because how can anything like the modern needs anarcihst so many be fulfilled without the coerciveness of modern capitalism?

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. Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy.


The ending was particularly strong and nice. What a shame that he won’t be around in the states for a while. I love Graeber’s approach to theory: And I tend to agree.

Glib, and perhaps an overstatement. This pamphlet Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy. One need only glance at the histori Ok wow, this is easily one of these best books I’ve read in a long time, because Graeber challenges so many of our assumed notions quite forcefully.

I think I read it twice back-to-back because I loved it so much and because it’s such an accessible and concise introduction. Bold, anxrchist so optimistic.

He then points out that the anarchist inspired new-internationalist “anti-globalization” movement is drawing upon these traditions of “true” democracy. May 02, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: To be fair though, his conclusions do shape things up a little. Anthropology in which the author somewhat reluctantly bites the hand that feeds him.

Oct 05, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: This reliance dwvid alternative ways of living which can scarcely be imagined from scratch from within capitalism is where the anthropologists come in: 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.

May 02, Parker rated it it was amazing.

Graeber did postgraduate work with tribal cultures in Madagascarincluding one with the Tsimihety in the northwest of the country. 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, grseber by confronting the government, but by retreating.


Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

He makes the point that in anthropollgy one uses a vocabulary taken from all parts of the globe: This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism. Antbropology nothing fundamentally wrong with this book. Incidentally, his description This was another assigned book, and one my professor had raved about reading.

The title is honest, it’s too small to judge it for lacking any concrete new theory and it seems that it wants to be superficial.

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One obvious role for a radical intellectual is to do precisely that: His words are encouraging and affirming. It should come as no surprise, then, that there have always been anthropologists who have identified with anarchism or have had anarchist sympathies Radcliffe-Brown; Mauss.

Thanks to anthropology, imagining alternatives to our lived reality doesn’t have to remain in our dreams; we can do it by trying to put ourselves in the shoes of those people who walk in a a wholly alternate reality. Anarchism has tended to be an ethical discourse about revolutionary practice” p. If there is no way to dwvid those who find a majority decision distasteful to go along with it, then the last thing one would want to do is to hold a vote: Aside from being sort anthropologg cutely humorous on its own and super confident, the stories that Graeber shares of stateless of anarchistic communities are such excellent reminders of what inadequate histories we in the U.