DAVID GRAEBER DIRECT ACTION AN ETHNOGRAPHY PDF

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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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The point is, the first nearly pages is an exciting first hand account of insurrectionist anarchists doing their thing. Huge book, but it is very readable with a good mix of different styles of writing. 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 felt it was important to publish the long version first, if only for documentary purposes, because so much history would otherwise be lost.

I was thinking of doing an abridged edition of this book for a university press – that way it could be assigned for classes. Other highlights from this book include the fairly minimal theorizing that Graeber undertakes, always with much hesitation graeberr care to specify his own ideas from that of a more general “anarchist milieu.

Graeber’s ability to shed light on the power dynamics involved in various elements of civil disobedience and in things like “why do police hate puppets” is absolutely brilliant.

Graeber has found a crucial intersection between radical politics and scholarship where neither are sacrificed for the sake of xavid other. He details the participatory democratic process used by anarchists and radicals in the organization of protests against the Summit of the Americas in Quebec graebefand then describes radical culture, examining its arguments, ideas, symbolism, and meeting structure.

It seems pretty interesting, and I may return to it in the future, just, again, not really what I want to be reading at the moment. Mar 11, Michelle rated it really liked it. 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.

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From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and tear gas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture. Feb 15, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 08, Adam rated it really liked it.

From m 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. Revolutions in Reverse e-book David Graeber. More by this author Bullshit Jobs David Graeber. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. AK Press- Social Science – pages.

Graeber was active more or less in three groups during the period covered in the book: Feb 19, jess b marked it as did-not-finish. Graeber’s definition of direct action is “insisting on acting as if one is already free” The next 3 chapters are also great, although requiring progressively more brain power. If I didn’t read this book, I probably would have digect 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 book was not a final, defining history of a time period, daviv instead reads like a whirlwind actikn ideas first gathered and offered out to readers.

Perfect inbetweener when you’re reading up on more dense theory. The first section is highly conversational, and easy to follow. Apr 21, Marshall Scott rated it it was amazing.

Apr 08, Jan rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 05, Andreas rated it really liked it Shelves: In my very limited experience, now in Europe, his description is spot on. A reaffirmation of the police state and power built on fear.

Lists with This Book. I would rather be able to say, hey, we won a wage hike or we won paid sick leave, then be able to say, as Graeber often does, hey, we changed the conversation.

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Jan 31, Shawn Cassiman rated it it was amazing. 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. I love graeber’s writing–detailed, to the point, great analysis, interesting perspectives Graeber, David Direct action: Dropping the reader straight into an activist group, Graeber does a great job of immersing you in the world of the acti 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.

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From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and teargas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture. There is obviously going to be a lot more understanding between Graeber and the members of the direct 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.

Direct action: an ethnography

ISBN Full text not available from this repository. It’s a physically daunting adtion to pick up, perhaps more so than many similar length books I’ve read lately. 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.

That is definitely preferable to not having the book at all. Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement.

I very much recommend this book. AK Press Distribution Amazon. 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” Am gonna go ahead and call this a great book.

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American consensus practice from Quakers, for whom that form of decision making is sacred cant find the quote. What happens on the street is simply the end result of a much greater and more important direct action project– meetings are the new world being enacted in the shell of the old, where freedom from hierarchy is consciously brought to life.

Graeber has a history of social and political activism, including his role in protests against the World Economic Forum in New York City and membership in the labor union Industrial Workers of the World.