Also by David Graeber. Toward an Anthropological 3 The Utopia of Rules, or Why We Really Love Bureaucracy After All. Appendix. On Batman and the. With this diagnosis in mind, it is surprising that Graeber doesn’t explore The Utopia of Rules is packed with provocative observations and. The Utopia of Rules has ratings and reviews. To answer these questions, anthropologist David Graeber—one of the most prominent and.

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Excellent and thought provoking exposee of how bureaucracy This is a series of essays that make you reflect on life in the US. No trivia or quizzes yet. And “What ultimately lies behind the appeal of bureaucracy is fear of play” p. Retrieved October 5, Sep 18, William Leight rated it it was amazing.

And is it really a cipher for state violence? We wil always crave rules and safety, and it’s all right as long as we keep that in check except, how to do it? Where does the desire for rule rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from?

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I felt a little bit emptied by this book. Bowker Books in Print. I knew vaguely enough about a This is a fun read and not what I was expecting.

True, at points the transitions could have used finessing, but I found the playfulness of this romp through David Graeber’s thought process to be part of the allure and message of the book. He turns his attention to ways that bureaucracies can actually be useful, even essential, for instance for organ donation lists or for enabling access to free and universal public services.


He then jets forward to the nineteenth century, geaeber systems we can easily recognize as modern bureaucracies come into being. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

David Graeber on the Utopia of Rules: Why Deregulation is Actually Expanding Bureaucracy

He noted the appearance of ” Baudrillard and bell hooks ” and other academic language. You live it daily!. However, The Utopia of Rules is much more about the bureaucratization of everyday life t Absolutely fantastic.

Lenin grasped an iron law of revolution: Umney, Charles December 1, Reading it was thus an excellent, enlightening experience.

For example, it is common knowledge that in the UK that the very rich do not pay tax in the same way as the less wealthy. The Times Literary Supplement This is a fun read and not what I was expecting. Menu Resilience Building a world of resilient communities. Well, we may lose out on some opportunities, but it’s so comfy, isn’t it? But the introduction alone is a convincing description about the Orwellian nightmare in which many of us feel we currently live: Our graebdr are carefully kept within script, the rules utopka so as to appear fair and transparent and freedom-giving but in fact the opposite, allowing for control of every aspect of our lives.

Like I said though, this book is not very serious. Why does it infuriate you to be told your ideas aren’t ‘reasonable’?

Modern bureaucracy embodies a view of the world as being essentially rational, but the roots of this vision, Graeber astutely observes, utopoa all the way back to the ancient Pythagoreans. Oct 30, Mehrsa rated it it was amazing. I found it smart, easy for theoryand entertaining–everything you might expect given his relative popularity.

The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

While the category does include various government employees whose job is to push paper around, it also includes private-sector employees whose job is to push paper around, and if the U.


Those who have assumed control in our current system did so on an ideological platform that vehemently criticized bureaucracy while relentlessly expanding it, says Graeber. Mar 05, John Norman rated it it was amazing. And it’s all the more impressive for coming from a Marxist hermeneutic.

Established as part of the postwar settlement, they were creations of a strong state, but they were not distracted from their true functions by intrusive monitoring and shifting targets set by governments. The iron law of liberalism, where deregulation really means more regulation, is evident in the proposed new round of global trade agreements: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy is a book by London School of Economics anthropology professor David Graeber about how people “relate to” and are influenced by bureaucracies.

This happened when the IMF, World Bank and WTO reared their collective head in the s and were met by Global Justice Movement which he suggests, unknown to itself, was an anti-bureaucratic movement.

So much that I had thought about, but could never articulate, about the “State” and society in general was found in this book. He’s just so lucid and radical that it’s really refreshing.

Feb 25, Esteban rated it really liked it. Fay, Stephen July 8,