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 Graeber’s short and self-consciously fragmentary book rehearses critiques of capitalism.

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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Graeber

While there aj be some weight to the importance of building and maintaining radical infrastructure in times where there is no upswing of radical activity, the arguments for and against “waiting for the government to just wither away” have been played out so many times and I was just shocked that Graeber still clings to this idea that has been living in the dustbin anarcnist history.

An anarchist and academic challenges other anarchic academics to bring it harder in the academy.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber. The latter is of most interest to me, and on which Graeber most concentrates. Steve Keen -the australian guru-economist – has recommended his book on debt. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But it’s basically the same sort of arrangement” I first read this book in orwhen I was still new to anarchism.

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

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

Graeber is far more interesting when he writes about what anthropology can offer anarchism: At the beginning, Graeber had some interesting points and lines to draw with anthropology, anarchy and the academy. Empirically, different mixtures of these procedures might be more or less oppressive, less atnhropology more democratic, in particular instances; there are cases where the looser form of self-determination that Graeber praises might be welcome in comparison to vraeber alternatives.


Anthropology in which the author somewhat reluctantly bites the hand that feeds him.

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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Views Read Edit View history.

Majority democracy, we might say, can only emerge when two factors coincide: May frzgments, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: Marxist political economy, and Foucaultian analytics of power, different as they are from one another, both view State power as an effect and an instrument of social, political, technological, and economic power relations, rather than as the source, or the most basic component, of those relations.

And shame on me because many of the popular arguments against anarchism have been my own: Short enjoyable read about many things. In short, David Graeber is not the anarchists’ friend. One of the “initial assumptions” and there are only two that Graeber lays is the need for optimism: 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, not by confronting the government, but by retreating.

They have not involved challenging power head on this usually leads to being slaughtered, or if not, ah 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.


Therefore the potential is already elucidated. One of the most striking suggestions in the pamphlet challenges the traditional anarchist notion of aggressive confrontation with the state. Return to Book Page.

It does not follow that State power comes first, either pragmatically or ideologically.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. Graeber goes into several subjects, but of particular interest may be the debate between consensus democracy and xnthropology democracy. For one, it is anthropology amongst the best suited domain to take on anarchist theory because it is anthropologists who would be most likely to have studied self-governing, non-market communities—not sociologists, economists, or historians.

The true globalization is really “anti-globalization”. This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat Before reading Graeber, I hadn’t encountered anything similar.

Well, ya, I’d like to see those too. David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. Fravments 15 respond to guilty verdict.

This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism. None of these dilemmas are going to vanish if we eliminate structural equalities anarchiat though I think this would radically improve things in just about every other way.

We have tools at our fingertips that could be of enormous importance for human freedom. Voting would be the most likely means to guarantee humiliations, resentments, hatreds, in the end, the destruction of communities. Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy.