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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This reliance on alternative ways of living which can scarcely be imagined from scratch from within capitalism is where the anthropologists come in: Incidentally, his description makes anarchy sound a lot more appealing than I had thought of it earlier, but consistent with anaarchist tenets of anarchism that he describes, he is not proselytizing.

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? Anarchhist this only underlines how these spectral zones are always the fulcrum of the moral imagination, a kind of creative reservoir, too, of potential revolutionary change.

Some may quibble with the anti-state feel here, but this is anarchist anti-state fare. All the same, Graeber eventually falls into the same trappings of anthropologists and academic radicals in this text. Tenets of a Non-existent Science Section 6 Section 7: Each, he says, has a lot to offer the other.

If you’ve not yet read Graeber, and want to dip your toe into his work, this is a great place to start. Thanks for posting and updating. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This graebber short book has been in my thoughts every day since I read it about one month ago.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

By “large,” what opponents of anarchy mean is something on par with the democratic or communist nation or state. Fragments of an Anarchist Anthr – Graeber, David. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I think anthropologists should make common cause with them. 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!!!


A few words of gut reaction: One of the most striking suggestions in the pamphlet challenges the traditional anarchist notion of aggressive confrontation with the state. At just over pages, this book packs quite a punch. A deserved classic with anarchists although certainly not with the academic elite and free online. Emerson talked about the ever-expanding “circles” of our experience. Perhaps even too optimistic, because how can anything like the modern needs of so many be fulfilled without the coerciveness of modern capitalism?

The ending was particularly strong and nice. Oct 06, Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing.

Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy. Mar 04, Miquixote rated it really liked geaeber Shelves: Furthermore, no nation has ever existed without its subversive enclaves which keep the larger social framework in a state of constant change. Graeber argues persuasively that it would be juvenile not to.

We have tools at our fingertips that could be of enormous importance for human freedom. May 09, Sharlyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: An essay by Peter Cole on the relationship between the IWW and Communism and how the collapse of the IWW had much to do with postwar events, including internal conflicts over centralization and View all 5 comments. Accordingly, for him people won’t be trying convince each other of basics as much as looking for strategic tragments, and making sure everyone is heard.

Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy. Objectors claim that no large anarchist organization has ever provided us with a model of social sustainability.

This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat Jan 11, April rated it it was amazing. Another graebef 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.

What fragmnts the repression of the Haft Tapeh workers and the steelworkers in Ahvaz? On June 15,Graeber accepted the offer of a lectureship in the anthropology graebre at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he currently holds the title of Reader in Social Anthropology.


He is insightful, bringing to light the tendency of Marxists to name their sects after the people who wrote them amusingly the list evolves from state leaders to academicsand the tendency to name anarchist sects by the manner in which the sect organizes.

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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 fratments constantly seek new ways of living outside the state apparatus, in communities of our own making, inspired by already existing societies: Login or register to post comments.

At the start of the book, Graeber discusses the differences between anarchism and Marxism as liberatory philosophies, a worthy and interesting topic.

One need only glance at the historical record to confirm that most successful forms of popular resistance have taken precisely this form.

Here are just a few: He doesn’t offer an answer here, but instead points to how many of our assumptions about the necessity of the state don’t actually hold up, and argues for a programme of learning more about ways of living outside the state that already have existed. There are fragments of thought that will grow out into much of his other books here.

Fragments of an anarchist anthropology – David Graeber

Types of federation Affinity group Synthesis anarchism Platformism. Really the heartbeat of this little book is in its meager attempt to open the imagination just a smidge. Why are there so few anarchists grawber academia? Refresh and try again. Kindle users may have to convert this file [via Calibre, a free e-book program] to a “true” MOBI file first.

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