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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Graeber does discuss the possibility that actions like the one detailed in this book might not even be classical definitions of direct action. Direct Action Network, Ya Basta! Apr 02, Joy rated it really liked it. From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and tear gas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture.

A very engaging and informative read. This touches on aspects from consensus based decision making, to the role of the police, the wider application of bureaucracy, and feminist theory via the notion of interpretive labour. Oct 29, Velvetink marked it as to-read.

Each chapter could be read on its own but I definitely learned a lot reading it in its entirety. Anarchism is a kind of revolutionary ethics, a moral structure through which to interpret the world. Written in a clear, accessible style with a minimum of Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. I’m sure this book is very good she said, with stout devotion to David Graeber, her current academic crush ; it just wasn’t quite what I was jonesing for.

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.

Ethnobraphy 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. Popular recognition of this openness of possibility can only come after an acknowledgement of existing alienation, which diret the direct outcome of the subordination of imagination to the rule of force.


I recommended it to many people before it was even published!!!! His description and analysis of the interactions between activists, police and the media is revealing and complex while still having a strong moral urgency.

There is craft, care, and handiwork evident throughout the book; Graeber really attempted to fashion an anarchist ethnography, a story and interpretation for outsiders of a culture to which he belongs, ethnpgraphy theory and ethnlgraphy without ever resorting to sweeping generalizations, simplification, or dismissals of diversity.

Account Options Sign in. Moreover, it was feminism that made the crucial leap beyond passive ’68 situationism, waiting for the revolutionary moment to happen, to today’s continual insurrection, the understanding that revolutionary moments much be actively created by the participants: Revolutions in Reverse e-book David Graeber. My only gripe with the book is achion it is too long.

An insightful and invigorating glance at activist culture. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I read it before it was even done and I couldn’t wait for it to come out. With “Direct Action” David Graeber has written an important and timely book.

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With candid descriptions of carnivalesque atmospheres during direct actions and in depth description of “why police hate puppets”. I was thinking of doing an abridged edition of this book for a university press – ethnnography way it could be assigned for classes.

Apr 21, Marshall Scott rated it it was amazing.

This was a marathon book for me. I also thought, “why doesn’t someone like Peter Jackson make a CGI blockbuster out of this book instead of tired old Tolkien?

I love graeber’s writing–detailed, ethnpgraphy the point, great analysis, interesting perspectives Oct 26, Luke rated it it was amazing. The first half of the book is the “ethnography,” which I put in quotes because it didn’t feel like the ethnographies I normally read, you know, about indigenous cultures. Even the rule of force requires an underlying imagination of social possibility, however narrow, in order to be realized in practice.


virect The Utopia of Rules David Graeber. While a fascinating read, keep in mind that Graeber’s intended audience are people who are relatively new to the movement.

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JavaScript seem to be disabled in your browser. What happens on the street is diretc 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.

Dropping the reader straight into an activist group, Ggaeber 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. This case study, as much as graebet actions he describes, itself has radical implications- that one can be both an ethnographer and a participant who is not a faceless, subjective figure.

AND there’s some theory at the end! Dec 08, Apemaskin rated it it was amazing. I liked the end and the beginning. 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. Dropping the reader straight into an activist group, Graeber does a great job of immersing you in the world of the activist with large sections of straight quotation, interspersed with discussion and context.

Dec 08, Adam rated it really liked it. Oct 8, ISBN It could have been edited a lot tighter, losing perhaps a pages in the process and making the argument a little less repetitive and a little more stringent. I’m gonna go ahead and call this a great book.

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