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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Graeber’s ability to shed light on the power dynamics involved in various elements of civil disobedience and in things like “why do police hate puppets” is absolutely brilliant. One of my favourites, it’s not short, but for me at least it had quite an impact on my life.
Feb 19, jess b marked it as did-not-finish. At the same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to important ongoing political events is a serious and unique contribution to the field of anthropology, as well as an inquiry ggraeber anthropology’s political implications. 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.
Anarchism is a kind of revolutionary ethics, a moral structure through which to interpret the world. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Perfect inbetweener when you’re rea “What is it vavid being an anarchist activist today? I recommended it to many people before it was even published!!!!
Direct Action: An Ethnography
Read this book as OWS was taking off-timely! Starting from the assumption that, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, “objective” perspective is impossible, he writes as both scholar and activist.
Still, there are a lot of meaningful lessons to be drawn from a book like this, and if nothing else, it will at least disabuse you of any lingering notion that cops are human. If you’ve read other of Graeber’s work a lot of this will be familiar, and explored from a different angle. The chapter on ” Direct Action, Anarchism, and Direct Democracy ” was a joy to read, because it was obvious how much pleasure Graber finds in the philosophical underpinnings of direct action praxis.
I felt it was important to publish the long version first, if only for documentary purposes, because so much history would otherwise be lost. For those interested in the movement, this is almost too much detail — but, as Graeber argues, meaningful action and understanding arises from even the most tedious meetings. It’s a fascinating process, and leaves me curious how such processes can be applied in an environment where the participants are not so united in purpose.
Direct Action: An Ethnography by David Graeber
This was one of the main books we recommended at Skylight for folks coming looking for a way to think about and understand the Occupy movement. Perfect inbetweener when you’re reading up on more dense theory. 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.
This is something anarchists do a bad job of communicating to the public. David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University of London.
And here–direct action and anarchism! Oct 29, Velvetink marked dwvid as to-read. Preview — Direct Action by David Graeber. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
The middle gets mushy but that might be because i took a 6 month break and because I recall him talki Jesus Fucking Christ! At the same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to important ongoing political events is a serious and unique contribution to the field of anthropology, as well as an inquiry into anthropology’s political implications.
The “domestic” labor of creation, cleaning up, and caring for people must be embraced and understood as an inseparable part of revolution.
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I’ll certainly keep an eye out for his future work A furtherance of this theme, his book is not only intellectually stimulating and compelling, but activists get a lot of practical material from it too.
Sep 16, Tinea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 21, Marshall Scott rated it it was amazing. It is a bit ironic that he occasionally takes digs at ‘movement celebrities’ and people who claim ‘to speak for the movement’ when that is pretty much what he is up to here, but the idea that this book is meant to be part of a dialogue and not meant as some kind of anarchist “Grundrisse” is pretty clear. Graeber has found a crucial intersection between radical politics and scholarship where neither are sacrificed for the sake of the other.
How awesome was it to be able to hand people something with a blow-by-blow account of consensus process in a direct action context? 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 workers.
Dec 08, Apemaskin rated it it was amazing. Also, it is very exciting. I was thinking of doing an abridged edition of this book for a university press – that way it could be assigned for classes. 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.
Kerr labor classics The Subversion of Politics: This was a marathon book for me.
Feb 28, Dylan rated it it was amazing. You don’t have to agree with everything to be stimulated emotionally and intellectually! Like his ethnography itself, something cannot be anarchist if it isn’t performed using anarchist non-hierarchical, decentralized, direct process. I would rather be able to say, hey, we won a wage hike or we won paid sick leave, then be able to say, as Graeber often does, hey, we changed the conversation. 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.
In other words, it would necessarily inv With “Direct Action” David Graeber has written an important and timely book.
The “Actions” chapter puts us back in the action, which is welcome after all those meetings, right? Oct 8, ISBN Popular recognition of this openness of possibility can only come after an acknowledgement of existing alienation, which is the direct outcome of the subordination didect imagination to the rule of force.