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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At diretc same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to important etbnography political events is a serious and unique contribution to the field of anthropology, as well as an inquiry into anthropology’s political ethography. It did make me angry, though, at police especially but also at the whole system that makes everything such crap. Trivia About Direct Action: Even the rule of force requires an underlying imagination of social possibility, however narrow, in order to be ethnograpny in practice.

Nov 05, Andreas rated it really liked it Shelves: Also, it is very exciting. When, instead, imagination is free of such restriction, the presumed necessity of the rule of force completely disappears. Aug 18, Jonathan rated it did not like it. This book has opened a bunch of new avenues of reading I need to follow up on. If, as he argues, the ideology of the global justice movement, is embodied in its practices, then it really doesn’t make sense to try and understand it by some generic or superficial description of its stated ideologies.

This is a seriously profound book for understanding the relationships between activism and culture. And it is precisely this kind of detailed and imaginative analysis ethnogarphy 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.

Actjon June 15,Graeber accepted the offer of a lectureship in the anthropology department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he currently holds the title of Reader in Social Anthropology.


Graeber, David Direct action: Apr 02, Joy rated it really liked it. The global justice movement’s anarchist backbone meant that while the uprising was meant to resist “an unaccountable world neoliberal government that sought to suppress existing democratic rights in the name of corporate power,” the movement’s participants “were determined to organize the whole action according to directly democratic principles and thus provide a living example of how genuine egalitarian decision making might work” Books by David Graeber.

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Rather, it would have to begin from an analysis of movement building practices and organizing, and what kinds of collective compositions they create and sustain.

I read it before it was even done and I couldn’t wait for it to come out. Popular recognition of this openness of possibility can only come after an acknowledgement of existing alienation, which is the direct outcome of the subordination of imagination grzeber the rule of force. The Failure of Nonviolence e-book Peter Gelderloos. Aug 20, Shaun added it. Firect “domestic” labor of creation, cleaning up, and caring for people must be embraced and understood as an inseparable part of revolution.

This, Graeber argues, is why art and revolution are so often in close company.

David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University of London. I felt it was important to publish the long version first, if only for documentary purposes, because so much history would otherwise be lost. More by this author Bullshit Jobs David Graeber.

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. In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement.

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. 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.


Direct Action: An Ethnography

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. Direct Action Network, Ya Basta! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read saving….

You ehtnography have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. I recommended it to many people before it was even published!!!!

This book is a timeless and relevant piece with detailed looks inside meetings and communications that all lead up to and include direct actions. His description and analysis of the interactions between activists, police and the media is revealing and complex while still having a strong moral urgency.

In other words, it would necessarily involve something like the ethnographic understanding that Graeber elaborates here. The case study at the center of Direct Action is the organizing and events that led to the one of the most dramatic and militant mass protests in recent years, against the Summit of the Americas I know that isn’t necessarily the point, the point is to push the boundaries, get us some more freedom and space to live, some more joy Jan 02, Ryan Hickey rated it avtion was amazing.

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

So what do people think: Jan 22, David rated it it was amazing.