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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With his own experiences to highlight both. Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 22, David rated it it was amazing.

Direct Action: An Ethnography by David Graeber

As an active participant in these movements, Graeber offers a lot of insight into both the nuts-and-bolts preparation for major protests and the larger understanding of the world that shapes anarchist praxis.

Graeber, David Direct action: This means any egalitarian society can only be created through an egalitarian process, something along the lines of the consensus process that Graeber documents in detail. The case study at the center of Direct Action is the dirct and events that led to the one of the most dramatic and militant mass protests in recent years, against the Summit of the Americas So like, first of all, mad props.

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Anarchism is a kind of revolutionary ethics, a moral structure through which to interpret the world. To ask other readers questions about Direct Actionplease sign up. 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 then describes radical culture, examining its arguments, ideas, symbolism, and meeting structure.


My favourite chapters of the books were the later ones, where Graeber moves away from specific examples and talks about broader trends and principles. This was one of the books I was least excited about in my to read pile, but ended up being one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time.

I would rather be able to say, hey, we won a wage hike or we won paid sick leave, then be able to say, as Graeber often does, hey, we changed dacid conversation.

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Direct Action Network, Ya Basta! Account Options Sign in. An Ethnography David Graeber No preview available – This is something anarchists do a bad job of communicating to the public. Each chapter could be read on its own but I definitely learned a lot reading it durect its entirety.

Direct action: an ethnography

Sep 16, Tinea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 02, Acgion rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. As I understand it, it was a long time in the making grraeber I guess they decided it was time to ship it as it was.


In other words, it would necessarily inv With “Direct Action” David Graeber has written an important and timely book.

The next 3 chapters are also great, although requiring progressively more brain power. This was one of the main books we recommended at Skylight for folks coming looking for a way to think about and understand the Occupy movement. However, they will never, ever have a meaningful, lasting impact on the world—not because their lofty on-paper visions aren’t attainable, but because attaining them is utterly beside the point: It’s a physically daunting book to pick up, perhaps more so than many similar length books I’ve read lately.

Extremely dense but great to have such a detailed description of the inner workings of direct action an radical organizing.

Dec 08, Apemaskin rated it it was amazing. Which is dacid Graeber amply demonstrates that this limited story needed to be told, and he tells it humbly, though with considerable excitement. I’ll certainly keep an eye out for his future work I’m glad i got through it–wonderful yet extremely long.

Dec 19, Michael Kilman rated it it was amazing. He was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his direcg David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist.