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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The book was captivating and I learned a lot, particularly stylistically how to write a successful auto-ethnography.

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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 28, Dylan rated it it was amazing.

The implication, I think, is that any 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 Graebers background in anthropology makes everything he writes fascinating. Graeber was active more or less in three groups during the period covered in the book: The politics 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 subject, acknowledges that imagination underlies all social reality.

Yet that is full dispelled within the first few pages. Books by David Graeber. ISBN Full text not available from this repository.

Oct 8, ISBN Graber suggests that revolutionary movements have always taken place at the intersection between upward and downward class direcy social mobility- as alliances form, both physical in terms of resources, funding and theoretical dissemination, ideas, art between artists, writers, theorists, and workers. An Ethnography by David Graeber.

These chapters are titled “Meetings,” “Actions,” and “Representation,” and are the bits where in a ‘normal’ anthropology book the writer would begin to make generalizations or maybe attack someone else’s generalizations.

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Moreover, it was feminism that made the crucial leap beyond passive ’68 situationism, waiting for the revolutionary moment to happen, to today’s continual insurrection, the understanding that revolutionary moments much be actively created by the participants: 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.

Direct Action: An Ethnography

To ask other readers questions about Direct Actionplease sign up. 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. As I understand it, it was a long time in the making so I guess they decided it was time to ship it as it was.

Popular recognition of this openness of possibility can only come after an acknowledgement of existing alienation, which is the direct outcome of the subordination of imagination to the rule of force. Nov 05, Andreas rated it really liked it Shelves: Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: Sep 16, Tinea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Took over a year to read with a 6 month break.

It could have been edited a lot tighter, losing perhaps a pages in the process and making the argument a little less graeher and a little more stringent. I know that isn’t necessarily the point, the point is to push the boundaries, get us some more freedom and space to live, some more joy 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.

But if you’re looking for a highly readable account of the global justice movement in the early s, look no further He was an associate professor of anthropology at Etbnography University, although Yale controversially declined to rehire him, and his term there ended in Ethnogfaphy The Truth Behind the Genoa Protests.

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This is the basic meaning of direct action: First they plan actions to disrupt the FTAA meeting in Quebec City, they plan how to get there, then the inevitable ‘best-laid-plans’ stuff, and then three days of direct action in a cloud of tear gas.

View all 5 comments. 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.

I also thought, “why doesn’t someone like Peter Jackson make a CGI blockbuster out of this book instead of tired old Tolkien? Graeber pulls a lot from feminist theorists like Patricia Hill Collinsdemonstrating that feminism is inseparable from anarchism. In my very limited experience, now in Europe, his description is spot on. 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.

The only aspect I was sad not to see addressed was the potential application of consensus decision making outside of activist circles. I’m glad i got through it–wonderful yet extremely long.

Direct action: an ethnography

The next 3 chapters are also great, although requiring progressively more brain power. BUT what wonder–what treasures–what gold!!

AND there’s some theory at the end! I am not knocking the successes of the summit hoppers or Occupy which is looming in the future of this book like the shadowy outline a big friendly paper mache puppet hidden in a tear gas cloudI am just trying to be clear that I prefer to act locally, I guess, and to try to get some of these ideas out to people who don’t yet consider ethnograpuy activists.