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 Anarchist thought and practice has left its mark on a series of high-profile social movements .

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Views Read Edit View history. And in these cases, alternative methods graeger economy and government have prevailed without any state authority, without any overarching power which claims to know better than its own davir how one’s personal life should be led.

After all, critics will immediately fragjents how we can do without the state and its coerciveness. What is seen as an elaborate and difficult process of finding consensus is, in fact, a long process of making sure no one walks away feeling that their views have been totally ignored. But his example from indigenous Madagascaran groups is much more compelling than the Crimethinc types.

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. The ending was particularly strong and nice. This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropoloyy to anarchism. Oct 11, Apemaskin rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving….

His words are encouraging and affirming. There are fragments of thought that will grow out into much of his other books here. Accordingly, he advocates for total open borders, amnesty on international debt, and the cancellation of anatchist patents and other intellectual property rights that is more than one year old. As I’ve said, it’s largely incohere A bit small and incoherent and reminded me of Bakunin’s writings.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber

Anarchist and Radical Book Club. I’ll try that one in the future. Bonanno John Zerzan Bob Black.

Are we supposed anarchiist believe that before the Athenians, it never really occurred to anyone, anywhere, to gather all the members of their community in order to make joint decisions in a way that gave everyone equal say? Anthropology in which the author somewhat reluctantly bites the hand that feeds him. One of my favorite takeaways At just over pages, this book packs quite a punch.


You don’t have to be an anarchist or an anthropologist to fragmenhs the message.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

A deserved classic with anarchists although certainly not with the academic elite and free online. This reliance on alternative ways of living which can scarcely be imagined from scratch from within capitalism is where the anthropologists come in: One obvious role for a radical intellectual is to do precisely that: Furthermore, no nation has ever existed without its subversive enclaves which keep the larger social framework in a state of constant change.

It is therefore anthropologists’ responsibility to share this information fragmenfs engage people in dialogue who wish to build liberated relationships and communities. Essentially, the reader can expect to gain a good intuitive understanding of what this entire field of study ought to do, which is a miracle for such a short book. At the start of the book, Graeber discusses the differences between anarchism and Marxism as liberatory philosophies, a worthy and interesting topic.

Info The libcom library contains nearly 20, articles. Interspersed throughout are subtle and clever jokes that struck me as an unusual but welcome addition to what could have been a very dry academic text.

Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in the realm of possibility: 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.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

But it’s basically the same sort of arrangement” I haven’t read much about anarchism, and probably am guilty of some of the misconceptions Graeber describes academics displaying on the topic.

Refresh and try again. It is also because the practice of ethnography provides at least something of a model, if a very rough, incipient model, of how nonvanguardist revolutionary intellectual practice might work. May 02, Parker rated it it was amazing. Here are just a few: Pure, not as in uncomplicated, but pure as in grounded in a simple opposition to oppression and embrace of all people as people.

Graeber argues persuasively that it would be juvenile not anthropologh. Anarchists repeatedly appeal to anthropologists for ideas about how society might be reorganized on a more egalitarian, znarchist alienating basis. Revolutionary action does not necessarily have to aim to topple governments. This is highly recommended as an introduction to Graeber’s work. There is, graeher, no nostalgia, and no call to order, or reverencing of past political models, in this book.


In particular, Graeber suggests several anarchisr a hypothetical anarchist anthropology would need to tackle, and in the book elaborates on each point briefly:.

He instead wants to kick off multiple projects of analysis, which would study the actual functioning of the state, entities that are not states, the history of wage labour, political pleasure, etc. Mar 04, Miquixote rated it really liked it Shelves: 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” 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.

And this is critical because it already shows that anarchism is, already, and has always been, one of the main bases for human interaction. Most importantly, this anarchist anthropology ought to start formulating theories which are woefully missing amongst the present-day sciences: Graeber posits that anthropology is “particularly well positioned” as an academic discipline that can look at the gamut of human societies and organizations, to study, analyze and catalog alternative social and economic structures around the world, and most importantly, present these alternatives to the world.

It’s a very short read, that lays out some groundwork for his projects to come. Since one cannot know a radically better world is not possible, are we not betraying everyone by insisting on continuing to justify, and reproduce, the mess we have today?

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.

For davis, the model of decision making ultimately and right away is consensus building instead of any communist van guard making decisions. Mar 06, Laura Patru rated it it was amazing.