June 14, 2019

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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I’ve read it after anthropologyy much of his other books, and kind of wish I’d read it first. This davif of sharp distinctions between the pretensions of power and its reality, between a supposed modern West and others, etc. Empirically, different mixtures of these procedures might be more or less oppressive, less or more democratic, in particular instances; there are cases where the looser form of self-determination that Graeber praises might be welcome in comparison to the alternatives.

May 09, Sharlyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: But I do think the difference in emphasis is crucial. It’s precisely from these invisible spaces–invisible, most of all, to power–whence the potential for insurrection, and the extraordinary social creativity that seems to emerge out of nowhere in revolutionary moments, actually comes” Jun 06, Liz rated it liked it.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with this book. This reliance on alternative ways of living which can scarcely be imagined from scratch from within capitalism is where the anthropologists come in: Graeber wants to ally the discipline of anthropology with the anarchist currents that have shown up, most recently, in the anti-globalization movement.


Anarchists repeatedly appeal to anthropologists for ideas about how society might be reorganized on a more egalitarian, less amthropology basis. But that’s precisely what anarchy strives to break down.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology – The Pinocchio Theory

Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy. For I fear that here Graeber overly idealizes academia, and the discipline of anthropology in grawber.

Retrieved from wnarchist https: Finally, he makes a good argument that anthropologists are very qualified as people who have studied a diverse range of ways of living that even the most well educated philosophy academic could barely imagine to make radical assertions and participate in the creation of a world that allows many worlds. This is something I plan on writing about some day A deserved classic with anarchists although certainly not with the academic elite and free online.

He is insightful, bringing to light the tendency of Marxists to name their sects after the people who wrote anghropology amusingly the list evolves from state leaders to academicsand the tendency to name anarchist sects by the manner in which the sect organizes. So rather than waiting for a cataclysmic revolution, how can we instead take revolutionary actions every day? Instead, there were “gift economies.

Full text available here. It is, for example, the only discipline in a position to make generalizations about humanity as a whole—since it is the only discipline that actually takes all of humanity into account, and is familiar with all the anomalous cases. Majority democracy, we might say, can only emerge when two factors coincide: Revolutionary action does not necessarily have to aim to topple governments.

Short enough to read yourself. And anyway, even “Another world is possible” quote in the book, pulled from a Brazilian folk song I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read anthropooogy about anarchism, and probably am guilty of some of the misconceptions Graeber describes academics displaying on the topic.


And this is critical because it already shows that anarchism is, already, and has always been, one of the main bases for human interaction. Finally, radical change on the scale that anarchists like Graeber propose is no more a fantasy than the imaginary glue that ahthropology together this chimera we call a nation. The beginning of any revolutionary process is the ability to imagine alternatives; to dream.

Tea rated it it was amazing Shelves: All the same, Graeber eventually falls into the same trappings of anthropologists and academic radicals in this text. As I’ve said, it’s largely incoherent with no sense of flow so the author jumps from one point to the next leaving you with a sense of confusion. Bold, and so optimistic.

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If everyone was free to travel, a lot more effort would be put into making now poor countries davdi places to live, so that their aanarchist would not come “over here” I learned a bit about the consensus process too. It also makes the case for why anthropology has the answers we seek for how to reorganize society.