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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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 does discuss the possibility that actions like the one detailed in this book might not even be classical definitions of direct action.
There is obviously going to be a lot more understanding between Graeber and the members of the direct action tribe than there would be between the anthropologist axtion 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 Ethnobraphy got into it. I think the “Meetings” chapter would make a great booklet and I like the idea of having all these facilitators and “vibes watchers,” at least for those meetings where the process is as likely to lead to a split as it is to consensus.
I felt it was important to publish the long version first, if only for documentary purposes, because so much history would otherwise be lost.
The Utopia of Rules David Graeber. True consensus building is kind ethnigraphy a sacred act In my very limited experience, now in Europe, his description is spot on. Refresh and try again. The middle gets mushy but that might be because i took a 6 month break and because I recall him talki Jesus Fucking Christ!
Huge book, but it is very readable with a good mix of different styles of writing. 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. Thus, seasoned activists may find Graeber’s analysis and description of radical culture and ideas to already be common knowledge.
Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar. This is precisely the book needed for such a task, one that in doing so reveals and elaborates the potentialities both of social movement organizing and the imaginative power of politically engaged scholarship. There is obviously going to be a lot more understanding between Graeber and dirwct members of the direct action tribe than there would be between the anthropologist and the capital O Other.
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Details In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. The second section of the book walks through further analysis of different sections of this story. In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. Feb 09, Josiah Miller rated it really liked it.
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 the first time or have been involved in the literature and actions that is encompassed in this book. 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 Radical publishing and distribution since The global justice movement’s anarchist backbone meant that while the uprising was meant to resist “an unaccountable world neoliberal government that sought to suppress existing democratic rights in the name of corporate power,” the movement’s participants “were determined to organize the whole action according to directly democratic principles and thus provide a living example of how genuine egalitarian decision making might work” I also enjoyed the descriptions of the stupidity of violence and the politics of imagination.
As Acfion understand it, it was a long time in the making so I guess they decided it was time to ship it as it was. AK Press Distribution Amazon.
So it is not nearly as heavy or weird as a book about the Malagasy would ethnographh, for example. What happens on the street is simply 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.
To ask other readers questions about Direct Action ethnograpy, please sign up. Written in a clear, accessible style with a minimum of academic jargonthis study brings readers behind the scenes of a movement that has changed djrect terms of debate about world power relations. If I didn’t read this book, I probably would have dropped out of my master’s program, completely disillusioned with anthropology and the state of many current ethnographies which reinforce oppressive hegemonic, racist and oppressive structures.
Feb 19, Dan Prisk rated it it was amazing. But if you’re looking for a highly readable account of the global graber movement in the early s, look no further This, Graeber argues, is why art and revolution are so often in close company.
Took over a year to read with a 6 month break.