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 by David Graeber

Oct 06, Morgane rated it it was amazing. Anthropilogy the potential is already elucidated. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with this book. Log in for more features Click here to register now. Return to Book Page. It is therefore anthropologists’ responsibility to share this information and engage people in dialogue who wish to build liberated relationships and communities. Since advid cannot know a radically better world is not possible, are we not betraying everyone by insisting on continuing to justify, and reproduce, the mess we have today?

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mar 01, Tinea rated it liked it Recommended to Tinea by: The latter is of most interest to me, and on which Graeber most concentrates. A few words of gut reaction: Anthropology in which the author somewhat reluctantly bites the hand that feeds him. Marxists like to argue that consensus democracy simply wears people down until they are ‘browbeaten into agreement’ and is therefore just as bad.

But I do think the difference in emphasis is crucial. Greaber’s principle argument is that anthropologists are the exclusive owners of information about communities and societies that function without states or capitalist economies. And not only because most actually-existing self-governing communities, and actually-existing non-market economies in the world favid been investigated by anthropologists rather than sociologists or historians.

He recognizes that all of this is at best necessary ah, and at worst premature. Are we supposed to believe that 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? Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology is one of a series of pamphlets published by Prickly Paradigm Press in Then he spends a good deal of the book defining sets of theories, papers, and books that he would like to see written.


The title is honest, it’s too small to judge it for lacking any concrete new theory and it seems that it antropology to be superficial. I found the AZW3 one that is embedded here unable to open on a direct transfer attempt from the original file to a Kindle upload.

For I fear that here Graeber overly idealizes academia, and the discipline of anthropology in particular. Perhaps even too optimistic, because how can anything like the modern needs of so many be fulfilled without the coerciveness of modern capitalism?

For hi, the model of decision making ultimately and right away is consensus building instead of any communist van guard making decisions. This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism.

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Short enough to read yourself. Click here for the guide. This pamphlet Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy. And I tend to agree. At the start of the book, Graeber discusses the differences between anarchism and Marxism as liberatory philosophies, a worthy davod interesting topic.

Other than a brief foray into Proudhon’s Property Is Theft! Anthrpoology it’s basically the same sort of arrangement” Greek, Latin, or German.

Mar 04, Miquixote rated it really liked it Shelves: Tian Oct 14 This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism. Firstly, he provides some basic notions of anarchist thought, then talks about ideas of various anthropologists, then about Aharchist tribes, then about contemporary society and so on and so forth. Anarchists repeatedly appeal to anthropologists for ideas about how society might be reorganized on a more egalitarian, less alienating basis.


There are fragments of thought that will grow out into much of his other books here. Graeber argues that anthropologists are the only ones who have the necessary knowledge to challenge the current ideological establishment. But in just over pages, he very lucidly lays out a description of the political philosophy, the problems it faces in academic adoption, and anhtropology case for anthropological study of anarchist groups. Unlike the communist project which aims to take over the means to rid the system of its internal contradictions and enhance the lives of workers, Graeber is a lot less ambitious and forthcoming about the future, to his credit.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. One of gragments most striking suggestions in the pamphlet challenges the traditional anarchist notion of aggressive confrontation with the state. If you’ve not yet read Graeber, and want to dip your toe into his graeeber, this is a great place to oof. Stansted 15 respond to guilty verdict.

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. This reading short book has been in my thoughts every day since I read it about one month ago. Twitter Tweets by ChicagoDistrib.

It is they who know about egalitarian or stateless societies and it is comparative ethnography that could provide the anarchist movement with alternatives of organization. Mar 29, Dan Prisk rated it really liked it.