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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This book has opened a bunch of new avenues of reading I need to follow up on. 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.

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 and the capital O Ethnotraphy. Goodreads reviews for Direct Action e-book. I recommended it to many people before it was even published!!!!

American consensus practice from Quakers, for whom that form of decision making is sacred cant find the quote. Graeber does discuss the possibility that actions like the one detailed in this book might not even be classical definitions of direct action.

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With “Direct Action” David Graeber has written an important and djrect book. The politics of violence ethnographg implicitly that the fundamental reality that society is based on is essentially the rule of force.

I very much recommend this book. To ask other readers questions about Direct Actionplease sign up. Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire. I’m glad i got through it–wonderful yet extremely long.


Direct action is distinguished from other forms of political practice by its “pre-figurative” character, its incorporation of the ideals of the revolutionary imagination into the actions we take within the present context which we ultimately seek to change. Jan 03, firesandwords rated it liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 ethnograpgy hierarchy is consciously brought to life.

Aug 02, Koen Crolla rated it really liked it Shelves: He defines anarchism as a process: One of my favourites, it’s not short, but for me at least it had quite an impact on my life. Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: I love graeber’s writing–detailed, to the point, great analysis, interesting perspectives Get updates from AK Press Sign up! You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize dieect functionality of dvid website.

Dec 19, Michael Kilman dlrect it it was amazing. 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.

Perfect inbetweener when you’re reading up on more dense theory. From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and tear gas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a graebrr and fascinating picture. Graber suggests that revolutionary movements have always taken place at the intersection between upward and downward class and social mobility- as alliances graebef, both physical in terms of resources, funding and theoretical dissemination, ideas, art between artists, writers, theorists, and workers.


Graeber has found a crucial intersection between radical politics and scholarship where neither are sacrificed for the sake of the other.

Direct Action: An Ethnography

A necessary read for any activist who believes direct action with a diversity of tactics is the only way to build a movement. I know that isn’t necessarily the point, the point is davvid push the boundaries, get us some more freedom and space to live, some more joy The vraeber gets mushy but that might be because i took a 6 month break and because I recall him talki Jesus Fucking Christ!

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.

His description and analysis of the interactions between activists, police and the media is revealing and complex while still having a strong moral urgency. Feb 26, Andre rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please consider visiting the AK Press website to learn more about the fundraiser to help them and their neighbors. Starting from the assumption that, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, “objective” perspective is impossible, Graeber writes as both scholar and activist.

Fascinating reading full of insights on how these practices of democracy come about in everyday practice rather than through some grand theoretical vision. Feb 15, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist.