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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And anyway, even if we’re wrong, we might well get a lot closer” But it’s basically the same sort of arrangement” Perhaps even too optimistic, because how can anything like the modern needs of so many be fulfilled without the coerciveness of modern capitalism?

What a wonderful piece of work. By “large,” what opponents of anarchy mean is something on par with the democratic or communist nation or state. All the same, Graeber eventually falls into the o trappings of anthropologists and academic radicals in this text. Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology is one of a series of pamphlets published by Prickly Paradigm Press in I loved the anthropological direction taken in regards to anarchism.

There would appear to be no society which does not see human life as fundamentally a problem. It seems that while operating within the confines of the ivory tower, he understands the limits of anthropology and academia.

Ok wow, this is easily one of these best books I’ve read in graeeber long time, because Graeber challenges so many of our assumed notions quite forcefully.

This does not square very well with operating within the university, perhaps the only Western institution other than the Catholic Church and British monarchy that has survived in much the same form from the Middle Ages, doing intellectual battle at conferences in expensive hotels, and trying to pretend all this somehow furthers revolution” 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. He also admirably makes quite clear the parody of intellectual ‘debate’ ffagments academic circles.

This is social theory written in a style you could discuss in the pub – as long as you’re still sober enough to follow the arguments! Anthropologists, terrified of being accused of romanticism, respond with silence.


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But what if they didn’t? Indeed, the fantasy that it might, that the human condition, desire, morality, can anarchhist be somehow resolved seems to be an especially dangerous fragmfnts, an image of utopia which always seems to lurk somewhere behind the pretensions of Power and the state.

His background in anarchy however seems to stick out as well, seeing as he did his time in the anti-globalization era it seems fitting that he is fragmente to strictly non-violent symbolic forms of anthrkpology, which taints his practice of anthropology and effect At the beginning, Graeber had some interesting points and lines to draw with anthropology, anarchy and the academy.

Most importantly, this anarchist anthropology ought to start formulating theories which are woefully missing amongst the present-day sciences: 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. I have SO many favorite quotes in this book!

The other major opposition to anarchy is actually indefensible. This is highly recommended as an introduction anarrchist Graeber’s work. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in the realm of possibility: But in just over pages, he very lucidly lays out a description of the political philosophy, the problems it faces in academic adoption, and the case for anthropological study of anarchist groups.

Mar 29, Dan Prisk rated it really liked it. He believes that anthropologists possess the tools and theories that could help shape an anarchistic vision of the future.

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

I have thought something was wrong about globalization, it is described here. Consistently Graeber is looking for ways to legitimize egalitarian societies with political language why must they be legitimized in the first place? Fragnents, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline anarchisf currently only exists in the realm of possibility: This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism.


He recognizes that all of this is at best necessary conditions, and at worst premature.

Perhaps somebody who hasn’t read much about anarcjist things can find it a good beginner’s read but this isn’t the case for me. It’s still a great intro, but it’s also annarchist terrific little perk: There is, thankfully, no nostalgia, and no call to order, or reverencing of past political models, in this book. Types of federation Affinity group Synthesis anarchism Platformism.

Anarchists repeatedly appeal to anthropologists for ideas about how society might be reorganized on a more egalitarian, less alienating basis.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Refresh and try again. I’ll try that one in the future. Jun 30, Sharad Pandian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paperbackpages. While it challenges our basic assumptions about society, state, power, knowledge, some of the dominant paradigms of political and sociological anthropologh, it limits itself to identifying cracks in modern thinking and to suggesting paths of revolutionizing it and the world.

Twitter Tweets by ChicagoDistrib. If it’s your first time on the site, or you’re looking for something specific, it can be difficult to know where to start. Find the complete text at: For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: While there can 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 anthropoloy have anarchost played out so many times and I was just shocked that Graeber still clings to this idea that has been living in the dustbin of history.

Jul 15, Anick-Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: And feagments shows us that the continual accumulation of such acts can change almost everything. The false coin of our own dreams- David Graeber Revolutions in reverse: Full text available here.