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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Starting from the assumption that, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, “objective” perspective is impossible, Graeber writes as both scholar and activist. Our visibility comes in the form of giant puppets and smashed windows, two images Graeber explores at length, but images that do not convey the practical vision of what a new world could look like, inherent in intentional, mindful meeting process.
Graeber, an anarchist anthropologist, attempts to create an ethnographic study of the global justice movement.
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The Utopia of Rules David Graeber. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It’s a physically daunting book to pick up, perhaps more so than many similar length books I’ve read lately. An insightful and invigorating glance at activist culture.
Graeber understands society’s institutions as ab a monolithic system of oppression but a bunch of barely-functioning bureaucracies taking the easiest road possible — a description which seems pretty accurate, given my own interactions with the government.
He defines anarchism as a process: Graber makes the case that the real magic of direct democracy occurs in meetings when people take the time and energy to enact consensus process.
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Apr 02, Joy rated it really liked it. My only gripe with the book is that it is too long. Perfect inbetweener when you’re direvt up on more dense theory. 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, ideas, art between artists, writers, theorists, and ethnobraphy. What I wanted was basically more of what’s in Debt and Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology; what this is, instead, is kind of a trip diary of some of Graeber’s activist activities.
Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: Refresh and try again. This section gets a little more theoretical, but still in Graeber’s easy conversational style. This book is a timeless and relevant piece with dacid looks inside meetings and communications that all lead up to and include direct actions.
Direct action: an ethnography
Which is fine; Graeber amply demonstrates that this limited story needed to be told, and he tells it humbly, though with considerable excitement. The implication, I think, fthnography that any revolution worth having must begin, direcr after the strategy and tactics and aspirations are worked out presumably by the “smart” people, but instead revolution begins in that very process of imagining revolution.
The entirety of the book, however, is not just about one particular action; it is the very idea of direct action, so central to anarchist practice, that is at the center of this study.
Graeber’s definition of direct action is “insisting on acting as if one is already free” Read this book as OWS was taking off-timely! Other editions – View all Direct Action: Huge book, but it is very readable with a good mix of different styles of writing. This was one of the books I was least excited about in my to read pile, but ended up being one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time.
I’ll certainly keep an eye out for his davidd work The last chapter on Imagination divulges less from encounters and wages heavily on social theory which graebet rounds of this engaging book that is open for those interested for the first time or have been involved in the literature and actions ggraeber is encompassed in this book.
And here–direct action and anarchism! I very much recommend this book. I know that isn’t necessarily the point, the point is to push the boundaries, get us some more freedom and space to live, some more joy This case study, as much as the actions he describes, itself has radical implications- that one can be both an ethnographer and a participant who is not a faceless, subjective figure.
Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire. Nevertheless, Graeber’s main theoretical objective seems to be to reintroduce the idea of alienation, an important idea associated with Marxism that was seemingly banished from social discourse in the wake of the widely ramifying disillusionments of Feb 15, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement.
David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University of London. Direct action is distinguished from other forms of political practice by its “pre-figurative” character, its incorporation of the ideals of the revolutionary imagination into the actions we take within the present context which we ultimately seek to change. There is obviously going to be a lot more understanding between Graeber and the members of the direct action dirrct than there would be between the anthropologist and the c Having borrowed this door-stopper from a public library, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to finish it before the last allowed renewal but then I got into it.
It seems pretty interesting, and I may return to it in the future, just, again, not really what I want to be reading at the moment. He details the participatory democratic process used by anarchists and radicals in the organization of protests against the Summit of the Americas in Quebec inand then describes radical culture, examining its arguments, ideas, symbolism, and meeting structure.
And it is precisely this kind of detailed and imaginative analysis that is valuable now at the point where these movements have been dispersed and it is time to take a step back and learn from these experiences, precisely to appreciate what graeher made possible and what was inadequate to the situation. This may be one of my favorite anthropology books of the last decade.
Having borrowed this door-stopper from a public library, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to finish it before the last allowed renewal but then I got into it.
Anarchist Writers on Fictionas an example of Graeber’s claims to the power of anarchist imagination in opposition to the mindnumbing, stupid random violence of capitalist policing. Written in a clear, accessible style with a minimum of academic jargonthis study brings readers behind the scenes of a movement that has changed the terms of debate about world power relations.
Moreover, it was feminism that made the crucial leap beyond passive ’68 situationism, waiting daivd the revolutionary moment to happen, to today’s continual insurrection, the understanding that revolutionary moments much be actively created by the participants: Nevertheless, Direct Action is still a solid read, and you should most probably check it out as soon as possible.
While a fascinating read, keep in mind that Graeber’s intended audience are people who are relatively new to the movement. Dec 19, Michael Kilman rated it it was amazing.
I liked the end and the beginning. The first half of the book is the “ethnography,” which I put in quotes because it didn’t feel like the ethnographies I normally read, you know, about indigenous cultures.
Active in numerous direct-action political organizations, he is the author of Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology ; Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value ; and Possibilities: 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.
From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and teargas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture.