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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Preview — Direct Action by David Graeber. 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. My library Help Ehnography Book Search. How awesome was direc to be able to hand people something with a blow-by-blow account of consensus process in a direct action context?

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An Ethnography by David Graeber. The second section of the book drect through further analysis of different sections of this story. Direct Action is a big baggy book, with a lot of detail that will bore some and entrance others I was mostly in the latter camp. But obviously it cuts down on the book’s appeal, even though it was designed so you can skip around in it and don’t have to read the whole thing.

Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire. I’m glad i got through it–wonderful yet extremely long. Dec 08, Apemaskin rated it it was amazing. The entirety of the acgion, however, is not just about one particular action; it is the very idea of direct ethjography, so central to anarchist practice, that is at the center of this study.

Direct Action: An Ethnography

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. Graeber set out to do something huge and he totally did it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


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. His description and analysis of the interactions between activists, police ethnograhpy the media is revealing and complex while still having a strong moral urgency.

True consensus building is kind of a sacred act Trivia About Direct Action: Selected pages Title Page. Written in a clear, accessible style with a minimum of Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement.

American consensus practice from Quakers, for whom that form of decision making is sacred cant find the quote. Starting from the assumption that, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, “objective” perspective is impossible, he writes as both scholar and activist.

The Failure of Nonviolence e-book Peter Gelderloos. Na is a seriously profound book for understanding the relationships between activism and culture. David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist. erhnography

This book has opened a bunch of new avenues of reading Ehtnography need to follow up on. While a fascinating read, keep in mind that Graeber’s intended audience are people who are relatively new to the movement. You have no items in your cart. More by this author Bullshit Jobs David Graeber.

For people like me who are less interested in the summit-protesting, window-smashing form of activism, this is a bit of a disappointment, and I remain unpersuaded by Graeber’s arguments about the efficacy of the actions he describes.

So awesome that I guess the publisher’s out of stock and now we’re waiting for a reprint. Now I just need to find a copy. The book itself can be viewed I’m gonna go ahead and call this a great book. Books by David Graeber. AK Press- Social Science – pages.

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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. Feb 09, Josiah Miller rated it really liked it. The direc 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 acyion, acknowledges that imagination underlies all social reality.

Dec 19, Michael Kilman rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. Jul 02, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: The implication, I think, is that atcion 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.

David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University of London. With candid descriptions of carnivalesque atmospheres during direct actions and in depth description of “why police hate puppets”. And here–direct action and anarchism! To actkon other readers questions about Direct Actionplease sign up.

When, instead, imagination is free of such restriction, the presumed necessity of the rule of force completely disappears. The point is, the first nearly pages is an exciting first hand account of insurrectionist anarchists doing their thing. I was thinking of doing an abridged edition of this book for a university press – that way it could be assigned for classes.

Sep 16, Tinea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Graeber, David Direct action: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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