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At the same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to The case study at the center of Direct Action is the organizing and events that led David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University. Direct Action*a thorough analysis of the ‘invisible architecture’ (p. ) of the At the start of this weighty ethnographic tome, David Graeber is in the early years. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Direct action: an ethnography | In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first.

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There is obviously going to be a ethnoggraphy more understanding between Graeber and the members of the direct action tribe than there would be between the anthropologist and the capital O Other.

Sep 16, Tinea rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my favourites, it’s not short, but for me at least it had quite acttion impact on my life. I also thought, dirdct doesn’t someone like Peter Jackson make a CGI blockbuster out of this book instead of tired old Tolkien? So awesome that I guess the publisher’s out of stock and now we’re waiting for a reprint. You have no items in your cart. The last chapter, “Imagination,” left me a little cold and reminded me again of why I prefer organizations with a bit more structure and a bit more focus on building and maintaining membership than the more purely insurrectionist groups.

Aug 20, Shaun added it. Paperbackpages. Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar. It’s worth revisiting even if you know it well. It is a bit ironic that he occasionally takes digs at ‘movement celebrities’ and people who claim ‘to speak for the movement’ when that is pretty much what he is up to here, but the idea that this book is meant to be part of a dialogue and not meant as some kind of anarchist “Grundrisse” is pretty clear.

Open Preview See a Problem? In my very limited experience, now in Europe, his description is spot on. I’m sure this book is very good she said, with stout devotion to David Graeber, her current academic crush ; it just wasn’t quite what I was jonesing for.


Huge book, but it is very readable with a good mix of different styles of writing. Graeber, an anarchist anthropologist, attempts to create an ethnographic study of the global justice movement. But more than that it’s made me want to seek out activist groups, organise, and take to the streets. The next 3 chapters are also great, although requiring progressively more brain power.

This was one of the main books we recommended at Skylight for folks coming looking for a way to think about and understand the Occupy movement. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Although it is touched upon briefly, what could be useful would be a history of direct action that theorizes the transition from direct action and sabotage as tools used by working people working class, in the narrow sense to tools used by generally college-educated middle class activists.

The politics of imagination, on the other hand, always present in art and revolutionary moments, and revived in the contemporary anarchist movements that comprise Graeber’s ethnographic subject, acknowledges that imagination underlies all social reality.

The implication, I think, is that any revolution gareber having must begin, not after the strategy and tactics and aspirations are worked out presumably by the “smart” people, but instead revolution begins in that very process of imagining revolution.

Graeber does discuss the possibility that actions like the one detailed in this book might not even be classical definitions of direct action. So what do people think: Actio spent a lot of time narrowing down what this book is and isn’t about.

Direct Action: An Ethnography

If I didn’t read this book, I probably would have dropped out of my master’s program, completely disillusioned with anthropology and the state of many current ethnographies which reinforce oppressive hegemonic, racist and oppressive structures. This is the first work of anthropology I’ve read, and it’s an awesome entry to the genre. The Failure of Nonviolence e-book Peter Gelderloos. So like, first of all, mad props.


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Nevertheless, Direct Action is still a solid read, and you should most probably check it out as soon as possible. This is the basic meaning of direct action: Get updates from AK Press Sign up! Written in diret clear, accessible style with a minimum of academic jargonthis study brings readers behind the scenes of a movement that has changed the terms of debate about world power relations.

The only aspect I was sad not to see addressed was the potential application of consensus decision making outside of activist circles.

An insightful and invigorating glance at activist culture. Lists with This Book. This is something anarchists do a bad job of communicating to the public. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

At the same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to important ongoing political events is a serious and unique contribution to the field of anthropology, as well as an inquiry into anthropology’s political implications.

Jan 31, Shawn Cassiman rated it it was amazing. With “Direct Action” David Graeber has written an important and timely book. Written in a clear, accessible style with a minimum of academic jargonthis study brings readers behind the scenes of a movement that has changed the terms of debate about world power relations.

Nov 05, Andreas rated it really liked it Shelves: Graeber understands society’s institutions as not a monolithic system of oppression but a bunch of barely-functioning bureaucracies taking the easiest road possible — a description which seems pretty accurate, given my own interactions with the government.

Perfect inbetweener when you’re rea “What is it like being an anarchist activist today? It did make me angry, though, at police especially but also at the whole system that makes everything such crap.