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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True consensus building is kind of a sacred act Took over a year to read with a 6 month break.
Goodreads reviews for Direct Action e-book. I love graeber’s writing–detailed, to the point, great analysis, interesting perspectives I recommended it to many people before it was even published!!!! The next 3 chapters are dxvid great, although requiring progressively more brain power.
In other words, it would necessarily inv With “Direct Action” David Graeber has written an important and timely book. David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist.
Want to Read saving…. The entirety of the book, however, is not just about one particular action; it is the very idea of direct action, so central to anarchist practice, that is at the center of this study. From m If I didn’t read this book, I probably would have dropped out of my xirect program, completely disillusioned with anthropology and the state of many current ethnographies which reinforce oppressive hegemonic, racist and oppressive structures.
Still, there are a lot of dorect lessons to be drawn from a book like this, and if nothing else, it will at least disabuse you of any lingering notion that cops are human.
For people like me who ditect less interested in the summit-protesting, window-smashing form of activism, this is a bit of a disappointment, and I remain unpersuaded by Graeber’s arguments about the efficacy of the actions he describes. The only aspect I was sad not to see addressed was the potential application of consensus decision making outside of activist circles. There is obviously going to be a lot more understanding between Graeber and the members of the eyhnography action tribe than there would be between the anthropologist and the c Having borrowed this door-stopper from a public library, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to finish it before the last allowed renewal but then I got into it.
It’s fascinating and inspired a lot of conversations with friends as it inevitably became a huge part of my life for a few weeks, generating questions, disagreements, insights.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is craft, care, and handiwork evident throughout the book; Graeber really attempted to fashion an anarchist ethnography, a story and interpretation for outsiders of a culture to which he belongs, positing theory and conclusions without ever resorting to sweeping generalizations, simplification, or dismissals of diversity. The book was captivating actiin I learned a lot, particularly stylistically how to write a successful auto-ethnography. How awesome was it to be able to hand people something with a blow-by-blow account of consensus process in a direct action context?
The politics of violence asserts implicitly that the fundamental reality that society is based on is essentially the rule of force. 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.
David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University of London. BUT what wonder–what treasures–what gold!! I believe in this project, and its clear Graeber does too. Aug 20, Shaun added it.
This is the basic meaning of direct action: Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice rthnography. The point is, the first nearly pages is an exciting first hand account of insurrectionist anarchists doing their thing.
Thus, seasoned activists may find Graeber’s analysis and description of radical culture and ideas to already be common knowledge. The last chapter on Imagination divulges less from encounters and wages heavily on social theory which really rounds of this engaging book that is open for those interested for This book is a timeless and relevant piece with detailed looks inside meetings and communications that all lead up to and include direct actions.
This was one of the books I was least excited about in my to read pile, but ended up being one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time.
Graeber has a history of social and political activism, including his role in protests against the World Economic Forum in New York City etnography membership in the labor union Industrial Workers of the World.
From my experiences in activist circles he does an impeccable job of describing meetings, networks and inner politics, at the same time providing a solid historical framework to understanding why those things may happen.
Which is fine; Graeber amply demonstrates that this limited story needed to be told, and he favid it humbly, though with considerable excitement. AND there’s some theory at the end!
But if you’re looking for a highly readable account of the global justice movement in the early s, look no further