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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I’m very sympathetic towards anarchist ideals and I find David Graeber a very smart and engaging person.

Rather than dictate what shoud be done as a Marxist might, Graeber analyzes, in a brilliant way, what humans already do, and highlights their anarchist tendencies by reframing them as such. Then he spends a good deal of the book defining sets of theories, papers, and books that he At the start of the book, Graeber discusses the differences between anarchism and Marxism as liberatory philosophies, a worthy and interesting topic.

Then he spends a good deal of the book defining sets of theories, papers, and books that he would like to see written. Graeber is far more interesting when he writes about what anthropology can offer anarchism: Tea rated it it was amazing Shelves: It does not follow that State power comes first, either pragmatically or ideologically.

Jul 15, Anick-Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Graeber is refreshing and thoughtful. Open Preview See a Problem? This reliance on alternative ways of living which can scarcely be imagined from scratch from within capitalism is where the anthropologists come in: Admittedly, this is only a pamphlet and he concedes it in the very title: Most importantly, this anarchist anthropology ought to start formulating theories which are wo This is an intriguing little booklet in which David Graeber outlines what an anarchist anthropology might look like.

This is the most upfront side of the book, but also its least convincing one. Is that any easier to imagine than a multiplicity of autonomous communities?


If anthropooogy not yet read Graeber, and want to dip your toe into his work, this is a great place to start. Consistently Graeber is looking for ways to legitimize egalitarian societies with political language why must they be legitimized in the first place? The definition of “state apparatus,” according to Max Weber is “a group of people who claim that, at least when they are around and in their official capacity, they are the only ones with the right to act violently” 41!!!

He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, xnarchist Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his te David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. The latter is of most interest to me, and on which Graeber most concentrates.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

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” Jan 11, April rated it it was amazing. Graeber goes into several subjects, but of particular interest may be the debate between consensus democracy and compulsion democracy. This is something I plan on writing about some day David here thinks that is a stretch.

What after the repression of the Haft Tapeh workers and the steelworkers in Ahvaz? Before reading Graeber, I hadn’t encountered anything similar. There are fragments of thought that will grow out into much of his other books here. Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a anthropilogy philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

Developments and workers’ struggles in the Greek textile industry, Greek, Latin, or German. Views Read Edit View history.

Each, he says, has a lot to offer the other. He doesn’t paint this future in any significant detail though, but he does give some startings points -which aren’t new in any way.

One of the most striking discoveries of evolutionary anthropology has been that it is perfectly possible to have kings and nobles and all the anarchixt trappings of monarchy without having a state in the mechanical sense at all.


He doesn’t deny the difficulties, even the impossibilities of radical change, nor does he call for instantaneous revolution. Graeber’s style of writing and arguing may be very attractive, so may be his witty utopian suggestions, ggaeber he doesn’t really go beyond “suggestions”. University of Chicago Press: Since they are the only scholars who know anything about stateless societies many having lived in such societiesthey are aware that the assumption that people would just kill each other in the absence of a state is completely untrue.

Some may quibble with the anti-state feel here, but this is anarchist anti-state fare. Christmas with the Gilets Jaunes. May 02, Parker rated it it was amazing. A deserved classic with anarchists although certainly not with the academic elite and free online.

After all, critics will immediately ask how we can do without the state and its coerciveness. For example, regarding the actual functioning of the state: Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy. I’ve read it after reading much of his other books, and kind of wish I’d read it first.

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 quite the contrary.

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Oct 06, Jacob Wren if it it was amazing. Tenets of a Non-existent Science Section 6 Section 7: Part of the problem, Graeber claims, is that traditionally, academics on the radical left have gravitated toward the more “High Theory”-oriented Marxism Karl Marx himself was a PhD rather than the more fragmnts anarchism.

Accordingly, for him people won’t be trying convince each other of basics as much as looking for strategic partnerships, and making sure everyone is heard.