Fountain, Philip M. (November 29, ). “Rev. of Direct Action: An Ethnography by David Graeber”. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology. 12 (5): – 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. Direct action: an ethnography. Graeber, David () Direct action: an ethnography. AK Press, Oakland, California, USA ; Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Refresh and try again. Tea rated it it was amazing Shelves: So awesome that I guess the publisher’s out of stock and now we’re waiting for a reprint. Graeber set out to do something huge and he totally did it.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Read this book as OWS was taking off-timely!

He follows an affinity group from initial discussions through to action on the streets direect Quebec, showing the full gamut of anarchist organisation and action. This is the basic meaning of direct action: I think the “Meetings” chapter would make a great booklet and I like the idea of having all these facilitators and “vibes watchers,” at least for those meetings where the process is as likely to lead to a split as it is to consensus.

Jul 02, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: First of all, I read this book with theory in mind, despite the fact that Graeber sees theory in ethnography as largely irrelevant.

Direct action: an ethnography

On June 15,Graeber accepted the offer of a lectureship in the anthropology department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he hraeber holds the title of Reader in Social Anthropology. Then there is a good amount of theory that will probably resonate with most anarchist activists.

Despite being sympathetic to it, being an anarchist himself, he paints the Ddirect American anarchist activist community as an inward-looking circle-jerk that’s about as likely to accomplish immediate tiny goals as liberal protesters whose graebeer, big talk on the part of anarchists aside, Graeber gives a good sense of what day-to-day anarchist activism in North America looks like, what direct action is, and—probably unintentionally—how anarchist activists reason themselves out of ever doing it.


With “Direct Action” David Graeber has written an important and timely book.

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Goodreads efhnography you acion track of books you want to read. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. I very much recommend this book. Graber makes the case that the real magic driect direct democracy occurs in meetings when people take the time and energy to enact consensus process.

Moreover, it was feminism that made the crucial leap beyond passive ’68 situationism, waiting for the revolutionary moment to happen, to today’s continual insurrection, the understanding that revolutionary moments much be actively created by the participants: But if nothing else, he helps me to understand why summit riots are so important to so many people, and their political ramifications. The point is, the first nearly pages is an exciting first hand account of insurrectionist anarchists doing their thing.

This is the first work of anthropology I’ve read, and it’s an awesome entry to the genre. Our visibility comes in the form of giant puppets and smashed windows, two images Graeber explores at length, but images that do not convey the practical vision of what a new world could look like, inherent in intentional, mindful meeting process.

Direct action is distinguished from other forms of political practice by its “pre-figurative” character, its incorporation of the ideals of the revolutionary imagination into the actions we take within the present context which we ultimately seek to change.

David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. I’ll certainly keep an eye out for his future work Paperbackpages. Oct 29, Velvetink marked it as to-read.

Despite being sympathetic to it, being an anarchist himself, he paints the North American anarchist activist community as an inward-looking circle-jerk that’s about as likely to accomplish immediate tiny goals as liberal protesters whose tactics, big talk on the part of anarchists aside, end up being almost identical in practiceand somewhat less likely than certain species actiln reformists. Books by David Graeber.


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And it is precisely this kind of detailed and imaginative analysis that is valuable now at the point where these movements have been dispersed and it is time to take a step back and learn from these experiences, precisely to appreciate what they made possible and what was inadequate to the situation. Just dlrect moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Other highlights from this book include the fairly minimal theorizing that Graeber etthnography, always with much hesitation and care to specify his own ideas from that of a more general “anarchist milieu. 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.

To ask other readers questions about Direct Actionplease sign up. He details the participatory democratic process used by anarchists and radicals in the organization of protests against the Summit of the Americas in Quebec inand then describes radical culture, examining its arguments, ideas, symbolism, and meeting structure.

Graeber’s definition of direct action is “insisting on acting as if one is already free” This book was not a final, defining history of a time period, but instead reads like a whirlwind of ideas first gathered and offered out to readers.

ethnogrraphy It’s worth revisiting even if you know it well. Potshots at post-structuralism aside, Graeber makes a number of important interventions that should be taken up by writers and theorists everywhere. I know that isn’t necessarily the point, the point is to push the boundaries, get us some more freedom and space to live, ethnorgaphy more joy It’s a fascinating process, and leaves me curious how such processes can be applied in an environment where the participants are not so united in purpose.