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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He makes the point that in anthropology one uses a vocabulary taken from all parts of the globe: Perhaps even too optimistic, because how can anything like the modern needs of so many be fulfilled without the coerciveness of modern capitalism? 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 of action are all around us.

This reliance on alternative ways of living which can scarcely be imagined from scratch from within capitalism is where the anthropologists come in: I haven’t read much about anarchism, and probably am guilty of some of the misconceptions Graeber describes academics displaying on the topic.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

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

For its length and intents, though, this book is a fantastic introduction to the concepts discussed therein. Indeed, the fantasy that it might, that the human condition, desire, morality, can all be somehow resolved seems to be an especially dangerous one, an image of utopia which always seems to lurk somewhere behind the pretensions of Power and the state.


Objectors claim that no large anarchist organization has ever provided us with a model of social sustainability.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

Are we supposed to 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?

The third part of the book, concentrating on the debunking of the Orientalist myth of the Western world vs. If you’ve not yet read Graeber, and want to dip your toe into his work, this is a great place to start.

For example, regarding the actual functioning of the state: Then he spends a good deal of the book defining sets of theories, papers, and books that he would like to see written. Graeber’s style of writing and arguing may be very attractive, so may be his witty utopian suggestions, but he doesn’t really go beyond “suggestions”. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

Marxists like to argue that consensus democracy simply wears people down until they are ‘browbeaten into agreement’ and is therefore just as bad. Lists with This Book.

Having just read it ann and now being much more familiar with many of the principles and arguments Graeber is discussing, I still love it and highly recommend it! Before economies with money and markets, there were not “barter” economies, as is generally assumed. Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy.


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He believes that anthropologists possess the tools and theories that could help shape an anarchistic vision of the future.

You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. Besides, keeping the imagination well-oiled with a little fantasy is healthy! One of the most striking discoveries of evolutionary anthropology has been that it is perfectly possible to have kings and nobles and all the exterior trappings of monarchy without having a state in the mechanical sense at all.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Instead of people selling us or renting us out we rent out ourselves.

Making Kin not Population Adele Clarke. Majority democracy, we might say, can only emerge when two factors coincide: The ending was particularly strong and nice. 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 I do think the difference in emphasis is crucial. I think anthropologists should make common cause with them.

Paperbackpages. May 02, Parker rated it it was amazing.