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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Graeber is far more interesting when he writes about what anthropology can offer anarchism: 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.

The dismantling of the welfare state in the US and other Western countries over the last quarter-century has not led to more opportunities for self-organization and empowerment, but less.

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? This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

The moment we stop insisting on viewing all forms of action only by their function in reproducing larger, total, forms of inequality of power, we will also be able to see that anarchist social relations and non-alienated forms grseber action are all around us.

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And this is critical because it already shows that anarchism is, already, and has always been, one of the main bases for human interaction. The importance of anthropology for anarchism is that it demonstrates the possibilities of living in other conditions; namely, in the absence of capitalism or the state. The good part is that his proposals for a new body of theory may indeed bear fruits or spawn a thought revolution, although I’m skeptical about it should his call be answered by other anthropologists.

All the same, Graeber eventually falls into the same trappings of anthropologists and academic radicals in this text. It is they who know about egalitarian or stateless societies and it is comparative ethnography that could provide the anarchist movement with alternatives of organization. May 02, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: This seems to me to be xnarchist wrong.


He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his term there ended in June Posted By Malva Sep 16 It is therefore anthropologists’ responsibility to share this information and engage people in dialogue who wish to build liberated relationships and communities. Graeber wants to ally the discipline of anthropology with the anarchist currents that have shown up, most recently, in the anti-globalization movement.

The other major opposition to anarchy is actually indefensible. Is the globe itself to become a state? Are we supposed to believe that before the Athenians, it never really occurred to anyone, anywhere, to gather all the members of their community graebdr order to make aharchist decisions in a way that gave everyone equal say?

The anarchist anthropology that almost already does exist Section 4: It should come as no surprise, then, that there have always been anthropologists who have identified with anarchism or have had anarchist sympathies Radcliffe-Brown; Mauss.

Some may quibble with the anti-state feel here, but this is anarchist anti-state fare.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Graeber

Dec 21, Andrew Squitiro rated it it was amazing. For example, regarding the actual functioning of the state: And is the assumption of an organic movement where everyone is assumed to be rational sustainable in the world we live in, where misinformation and foolishness seem so rampant?

This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat Objectors claim that no large anarchist organization has ever provided us with a model of social sustainability. What a wonderful piece of work. I highly recommend it to people of all shapes and form—at the very least because it is packed with meaningful history and analysis of two fields about which probably no one knows about: Fredo Corvo – Iran: 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.


He argues for anarchism as a programme, not a single monolithic theory his twitter description reads “I see anarchism as something you do not an identity”under which we would constantly seek new ways of living outside graebee state apparatus, in communities of our own making, inspired by already existing societies: Besides, keeping the imagination well-oiled with a little fantasy is healthy!

Tenets of a Non-existent Science Section 6 Section 7: This is highly recommended as an introduction to Graeber’s work.

Philosophy, political science, economics, tend only to use the vocabulary that stems from the Western experience: Furthermore, no nation has ever existed without its subversive enclaves which keep the larger social framework in a state of constant change. To ask other readers questions about Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropologyplease sign up. If you have the power to hit people over the head whenever you want, you don’t have to trouble yourself too much figuring out what they think is going on, and graeer, generally speaking, you don’t” Another world IS possible, and in fact, has existed in many places and times, whether “we” knew about it, or whether we defined it out of relevance with our Eurocentric ideas of civilization and democracy.

However, as I alluded to above, and as Graeber discusses in grounded detail, smaller examples do exist. University of Chicago Press: Powerful concerns, but the magic of this book is that Graeber gives you just enough hope to not dismiss anarchism as juvenile and futile, and instead dares you to see how far this programme can be pushed. There are fragments of thought that will grow out into much of his other books here.

Graeber’s style of writing and arguing may be very attractive, so may be his wi Challenging is the word to describe this very rgaeber and easy-to-read book. The libcom library contains nearly 20, articles.