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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More by this author Bullshit Jobs David Graeber. His argument hinges on what he calls the “politics of imagination” to which he juxtaposes the modern hegemony of a “politics of violence. Books by David Graeber. 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. Potshots at post-structuralism aside, Graeber makes a number of important interventions that should be taken up by writers and theorists everywhere.
An Ethnography David Graeber Limited preview – Thanks for telling us about the problem. This touches on aspects from consensus based decision making, to the role of the police, the wider application of bureaucracy, and feminist theory via the notion of interpretive labour.
Jul 02, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: Like his ethnography directt, something cannot be anarchist if it a performed using anarchist non-hierarchical, decentralized, direct process.
Direct Action: An Ethnography
Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar. Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Apr 08, Jan rated it really liked it Shelves: The point is, the first nearly pages is an exciting first hand account of insurrectionist anarchists doing their thing. 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.
David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. Feb 19, jess b marked it as did-not-finish. Apr 21, Marshall Scott rated it it was amazing.
Kerr labor classics The Subversion of Politics: 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. And I will read it several more times. It’s worth revisiting even if you know it well. I’ve spent a lot of time narrowing down what this book is and isn’t about.
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The bulk of the book is concerned with this nitty gritty business, as Graeber describes his participant sction experiences with the Direct Action Network in the planning and execution of a massive protest against corporate globalization in Quebec in In other words, it would necessarily involve something like the ethnographic understanding that Graeber elaborates here.
If wction read other of Graeber’s work a lot of this will be familiar, and explored from a different angle.
I also enjoyed the descriptions of the stupidity of violence and the politics of imagination. Although it is touched upon briefly, what could be useful would be a history of direct action that theorizes the transition from direct action and ethnograohy as tools used by working people working class, in the narrow sense to tools used by generally college-educated middle class activists. In my very limited experience, now in Europe, his description is spot on.
The first section is highly conversational, and easy to follow. 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? 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.
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.
Dec 08, Adam rated it really liked it. The middle gets mushy but that might be because i took a 6 month break and because I recall him talking a lot about many things i understood. He was an associate graebed of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his term there ended in June My favourite chapters of the books were the later ones, where Graeber moves away from specific examples and talks about broader trends and principles.
Feb 09, Josiah Miller rated it really liked it.
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So what do people think: He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his te David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. 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.
It could have been edited a lot tighter, losing perhaps a pages in the process and making the argument a little less repetitive and a little ethnobraphy stringent. So awesome that I guess the publisher’s out of stock and now we’re waiting for a reprint. Dropping the reader straight into zn activist group, Graeber does a great job of immersing you in the world of the acti Cation 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.
This was a marathon book for me.
Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. American consensus practice from Quakers, for whom that form of decision making is sacred cant find the quote. At the same ethnograpphy, 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 book itself can be viewed as a direct action, a conscious process of redefining ethnography from patronizing colonial diect and empty post-colonial relativism to an xirect of a people’s ability to critically define their culture for themselves.
The implication, I think, is that any revolution worth having must begin, not 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.
Also for me as a reader, I am not unfamiliar with the tribe he is studying either.