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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Dropping the ethnogra;hy 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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At the same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to important ongoing political events is a serious and unique contribution to the field of anthropology, as well as an inquiry into anthropology’s political implications.
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.
Direct Action: An Ethnography
David Graebers background in anthropology makes everything he writes fascinating. Graeber has found a crucial intersection between radical politics and scholarship where neither are sacrificed for the sake of the other. Account Options Sign in.
A reaffirmation of the police state and power built on fear. AK Press Ryan Ave. An Ethnography by David Graeber. Paperbackpages. There is obviously going to be a lot more understanding between Graeber and the members of the direct greber 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.
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Sep 16, Tinea rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a seriously profound book for understanding the relationships between activism and culture. Now I just need to find a copy. In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. Graber makes the case that the real magic of direct democracy occurs in meetings when people take the time and energy to enact consensus process.
Graeber, David Direct action: I liked the end and the beginning.
The implication, I think, is that any revolution worth having must begin, not after the strategy and tactics and aspirations are worked out presumably by the “smart” people, but instead revolution begins in that very process of imagining revolution. His argument hinges on what he calls the “politics of imagination” to which he juxtaposes the modern hegemony of First of all, I read this book with theory in mind, despite the fact that Graeber sees theory in ethnography diredt largely irrelevant.
Want to Read saving…. True consensus building is kind of a sacred act I’ve spent a lot of time narrowing down what this book is and isn’t about.
Direct action: an ethnography
It is a very worthwhile ethnography of 21st century anarchist movements, direct action, and consensus democracy. Took over a year to read with a 6 month break.
I was thinking of doing an ation edition of this book for a university press – that way it could be assigned for classes. This case study, as much as the actions he describes, itself has radical implications- that one can be both an ethnographer and a participant who is not a faceless, subjective figure.
This touches on aspects from consensus based decision making, to the role of the tehnography, the wider application of bureaucracy, and feminist theory via the notion of interpretive labour. Nov 05, Andreas rated it really liked it Shelves: Anarchism is a kind of revolutionary ethics, a ethnogdaphy structure through which to interpret the world.
An insightful and invigorating glance at activist culture. I recommended it to many people before it was even published!!!! First they plan actions to disrupt the FTAA meeting in Quebec City, they plan how to get there, then the inevitable ‘best-laid-plans’ stuff, and then three days of direct grraeber in a cloud of tear gas.
Jan 22, David rated it it was amazing. But more than that it’s made me want to seek out activist groups, organise, and take to the streets. If, as he argues, the ideology of the global justice movement, is embodied in its etgnography, then it really doesn’t make sense to try and understand it by some generic or superficial description of its stated ideologies. Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar.
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.