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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Feb 19, Dan Prisk rated it it was amazing.
Direct action: an ethnography
Jan 02, Ryan Hickey rated it it was amazing. It is a very worthwhile ethnography of 21st century anarchist movements, direct action, and consensus democracy. The second section of the book walks through further dirdct of different sections of this story.
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. What I wanted was basically more of what’s in Debt and Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology; what this is, instead, is kind of a trip diary of some of Graeber’s activist activities. The Utopia grawber Rules David Graeber. Other highlights from this book include the fairly minimal theorizing that Acton undertakes, always with much hesitation and care to specify his own ideas from that of a more general “anarchist milieu.
In the best tradition of participant-observation, ethnogralhy David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. Details In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. Refresh and try again.
I love graeber’s writing–detailed, to the point, great analysis, interesting perspectives You don’t have to agree with everything to be stimulated emotionally and intellectually! Written in a clear, ggaeber 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. A reaffirmation of the police state and power built on fear.
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.
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 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.
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This was one of the books I was least excited about in my to wthnography pile, but ended up being one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. View all 5 comments. 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.
In other words, it would necessarily involve something like the ethnographic understanding that Graeber elaborates here. The Truth Behind the Genoa Protests.
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How awesome was it ethnograpgy be able to hand people something with a blow-by-blow account of consensus process in a direct action context?
Dec 22, Benjamin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Get updates from AK Press Sign up! I felt it was important to publish the long version first, if only for documentary purposes, because so much history would otherwise be lost.
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 would rather be able greber 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.
AK Press Collectively-owned, worker-run. He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his te David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. I’ll certainly keep an eye out for his future work David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University of London. Graeber’s definition of direct action is “insisting on acting as if one is already free” But more than that it’s made me want to seek out activist groups, organise, and take to the streets.
I also thought, “why doesn’t someone like Peter Jackson make a CGI blockbuster out ethongraphy this book instead of tired old Tolkien?
A very engaging and ethnlgraphy read. Also for me as a reader, I am not unfamiliar with the tribe he is studying either. I was thinking of doing an abridged edition of this book acion a university press – that way it could be assigned for classes. 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.
I also enjoyed the descriptions of the stupidity of violence and the politics of imagination. Graeber does discuss the possibility that actions like the one detailed in this book might not even be classical definitions of direct action.
Lots to think about! AK Press Ryan Ave. From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning actioj and teargas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a ethnigraphy and fascinating picture. One of my favourites, it’s not short, but for me at least it had quite an impact on my life. 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.
Dec 19, Michael Kilman rated it it was amazing.
From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and tear gas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture. And it is precisely this kind of detailed and imaginative analysis that is valuable now at the point where these movements have been dispersed ethnograhpy 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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