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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I’m gonna go ahead and call this a great book. I felt it was important to publish the long version first, if only for documentary purposes, acgion so much history would otherwise be lost. Fascinating reading full of insights on how these practices of democracy come about in everyday practice rather than through some grand theoretical vision.
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The politics of imagination, on the other hand, always present in art and revolutionary moments, and revived in the contemporary anarchist movements that comprise Graeber’s ethnographic subject, acknowledges that imagination underlies all social reality. Each chapter could be read on its own but I definitely learned a lot reading it in its entirety. 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.
Extremely dense but great to have such a detailed description of the inner workings of direct action an radical organizing.
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 aj describes radical culture, examining its arguments, ideas, symbolism, and meeting structure. There is obviously going to be a lot graever understanding between Graeber graeebr 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.
While a fascinating read, keep in mind that Graeber’s intended audience are people who are relatively new to the movement. So like, first of all, mad props. 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 to the rule of force. View all 5 comments.
The middle gets mushy but that might be because i took a 6 month break and because I recall him talki Jesus Fucking Christ! And I will read it several more times. I very much recommend this book. A reaffirmation of the police state and power built on fear. Now Graaeber just need to find a copy. Apr 21, Marshall Scott rated it it was amazing.
Refresh and try again. From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and tear gas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture.
True consensus building is kind of a sacred act 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 in Quebec City.
Direct action: an ethnography
Goodreads reviews for Direct Action e-book. A furtherance of this theme, his book is not only intellectually stimulating and compelling, but activists get a lot of practical material from it too.
Feb 19, Dan Prisk rated it it was amazing. Although it is touched upon briefly, what could be useful would be a history of direct action that theorizes the transition from direct action and sabotage as tools used by working people working class, in the narrow sense to tools used by generally college-educated middle class activists. Graeber understands grafber institutions as not a monolithic grzeber 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.
The chapter on ” Direct Action, Anarchism, and Direct Democracy ” was a joy to read, because it was obvious how much pleasure Graber finds in the philosophical underpinnings of direct action praxis. Aug 22, Stevphen Shukaitis rated it it was amazing.
The “domestic” labor of creation, cleaning up, and caring for people must be embraced and understood as an inseparable part of revolution. David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University of London. 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.
Direct Action: An Ethnography
But if nothing else, he helps me to understand why summit riots are so important to so many people, and their political ramifications. As I understand it, it was a long time in the making so I guess they decided it was time to ship it as it was.
Perfect inbetweener when you’re reading up on more dense theory. 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. Sep 16, Tinea rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 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.
Then there is a good amount of theory that will probably resonate with most anarchist activists. Feb 26, Andre rated it it was amazing Shelves: You don’t have to agree with everything to be stimulated emotionally and intellectually! Despite being sympathetic to it, being an anarchist himself, he paints the North American anarchist activist community as an inward-looking circle-jerk that’s about as likely to accomplish immediate tiny goals as liberal protesters whose tactics, big talk on the part of anarchists aside, Graeber gives a good sense of what day-to-day anarchist activism in North America looks like, what direct action is, and—probably unintentionally—how anarchist activists reason themselves out of ever doing it.
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: