Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology
Author: David Graeber
Publisher: Prickly Paradigm
Total Pages: 105
Release: 2004
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780972819640

In this work, David Graeber explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism.

Direct Action

Direct Action
Author: David Graeber
Publisher: AK Press
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2009-09-01
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 1849350353

A radical anthropologist studies the global justice movement.

Possibilities

Possibilities
Author: David Graeber
Publisher: AK Press
Total Pages: 441
Release: 2007
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1904859666

An anthropologist investigates the revolution of everyday life.

Lost People

Lost People
Author: David Graeber
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 486
Release: 2007
Genre: Betafo (Madagascar)
ISBN: 0253219159

An epic account of the power of memory in Madagascar.

Two Cheers for Anarchism

Two Cheers for Anarchism
Author: James C. Scott
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2014-03-10
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 0691161038

A spirited defense of the anarchist approach to life James Scott taught us what's wrong with seeing like a state. Now, in his most accessible and personal book to date, the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, Two Cheers for Anarchism is an engaging, high-spirited, and often very funny defense of an anarchist way of seeing—one that provides a unique and powerful perspective on everything from everyday social and political interactions to mass protests and revolutions. Through a wide-ranging series of memorable anecdotes and examples, the book describes an anarchist sensibility that celebrates the local knowledge, common sense, and creativity of ordinary people. The result is a kind of handbook on constructive anarchism that challenges us to radically reconsider the value of hierarchy in public and private life, from schools and workplaces to retirement homes and government itself. Beginning with what Scott calls "the law of anarchist calisthenics," an argument for law-breaking inspired by an East German pedestrian crossing, each chapter opens with a story that captures an essential anarchist truth. In the course of telling these stories, Scott touches on a wide variety of subjects: public disorder and riots, desertion, poaching, vernacular knowledge, assembly-line production, globalization, the petty bourgeoisie, school testing, playgrounds, and the practice of historical explanation. Far from a dogmatic manifesto, Two Cheers for Anarchism celebrates the anarchist confidence in the inventiveness and judgment of people who are free to exercise their creative and moral capacities.

Anarchy and Society

Anarchy and Society
Author: Jeffrey Shantz
Publisher: BRILL
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2013-11-14
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9004252991

Anarchy and Society explores the many ways in which the discipline of Sociology and the philosophy of anarchism are compatible. The book constructs possible parameters for a future ‘anarchist sociology’, by a sociological exposition of major anarchist thinkers (including Kropotkin, Proudhon, Landauer, Goldman, and Ward), as well as an anarchist interrogation of key sociological concepts (including social norms, inequality, and social movements). Sociology and anarchism share many common interests—although often interpreting each in divergent ways—including community, solidarity, feminism, crime and restorative justice, and social domination. The synthesis proposed by Anarchy and Society is reflexive, critical, and strongly anchored in both traditions.

The Democracy Project

The Democracy Project
Author: David Graeber
Publisher: Doubleday UK
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2013
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 081299356X

Explores the idea of democracy, its current state of crisis, and its potential as a tool for change, sharing historical perspectives on the effectiveness of democratic uprisings in various times and cultures.

Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism

Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism
Author: Brian Morris
Publisher: PM Press
Total Pages: 425
Release: 2015-01-01
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1604869860

Over the course of a long career, Brian Morris has created an impressive body of engaging and insightful writings—from social anthropology and ethnography to politics, history, and philosophy—that have made these subjects accessible to the layperson without sacrificing analytical rigor. But until now, the essays collected here, originally published in obscure journals and political magazines, have been largely unavailable to the broad readership to which they are so naturally suited. The opposite of arcane, specialized writing, Morris’s work takes an interdisciplinary approach that moves seamlessly among topics, offering up coherent and practical connections between his various scholarly interests and his deeply held commitment to anarchist politics and thought. Approached in this way, anthropology and ecology are largely untapped veins whose relevance for anarchism and other traditions of social thought have only recently begun to be explored and debated. But there is a long history of anarchist writers drawing upon works in those related fields. Morris’s essays both explore past connections and suggest ways that broad currents of anarchist thought will have new and ever-emerging relevance for anthropology and many other ways of understanding social relationships. His writings avoid the constraints of dogma and reach across an impressive array of topics to give readers a lucid orientation within these traditions and point to new ways to confront common challenges.

The Utopia of Rules

The Utopia of Rules
Author: David Graeber
Publisher: Melville House
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2015-02-24
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1612193757

From the author of the international bestseller Debt: The First 5,000 Years comes a revelatory account of the way bureaucracy rules our lives Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? And is it really a cipher for state violence? To answer these questions, the anthropologist David Graeber—one of our most important and provocative thinkers—traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today, and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice…though he also suggests that there may be something perversely appealing—even romantic—about bureaucracy. Leaping from the ascendance of right-wing economics to the hidden meanings behind Sherlock Holmes and Batman, The Utopia of Rules is at once a powerful work of social theory in the tradition of Foucault and Marx, and an entertaining reckoning with popular culture that calls to mind Slavoj Zizek at his most accessible. An essential book for our times, The Utopia of Rules is sure to start a million conversations about the institutions that rule over us—and the better, freer world we should, perhaps, begin to imagine for ourselves.