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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Despite being sympathetic to it, being an anarchist himself, he paints the North American anarchist activist community as an inward-looking grasber that’s about as likely to accomplish immediate tiny goals as liberal protesters whose tactics, big talk ethhography the part of anarchists aside, end up being almost identical in practiceand somewhat less likely than certain species of reformists.

However, they will never, ever have a meaningful, lasting impact on the world—not because their diredt on-paper visions aren’t attainable, but because attaining them is utterly beside the point: His detailed reconstructions of consensus-based meetings, meeting structures, street actions, mini histories, revealing conversations and police tactics are of tremendous use to activists who wish to reassess and better their democratic zction, as well as their tactics for direct actions.

Dropping the reader straight into an activist group, Graeber does a great job of immersing you in the world of the activist with large sections of straight quotation, interspersed with discussion and context. Thus, seasoned activists may find Graeber’s analysis and description of radical culture and ideas to already be common knowledge.

From my experiences in activist circles he does an impeccable job of describing meetings, networks and inner politics, at the same time providing a solid historical framework to understanding why those things may happen.

Direct Action: An Ethnography

Anarchism is a kind of revolutionary ethics, a moral structure through which to interpret the world. There is obviously going to be a lot dirdct understanding between Graeber and the members of the direct action etthnography than there would be between the anthropologist and the capital O Other.

This was a marathon book for me. But if nothing else, he helps me to understand why summit riots are so important to so many people, and actio political ramifications. Graber suggests that revolutionary movements have always taken place at the intersection between upward and downward class and social mobility- as alliances form, both physical in terms of resources, funding and theoretical dissemination, ideas, art between artists, writers, theorists, and workers.


I’m gonna go ahead and call this a great book. Active in numerous direct-action political organizations, he is the author of Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology ; Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value ; and Possibilities: Feb 28, Dylan rated it it was amazing. So like, first of all, mad props.

The middle gets mushy but that might be because i took a 6 month break and because I recall him talki Jesus Fucking Christ! Seeing how, in great detail and context, one particular action unfolds is something that activists would do actoin to pay attention to, especially because nothing as extensive and specific to one action, to my knowledge, exists.

A necessary read for any activist who believes direct action with a diversity of tactics is the only way to build a movement.

Nevertheless, Direct Action is still a solid read, and you should most probably check it out as soon as possible. In other words, it would necessarily involve something like the ethnographic understanding that Graeber elaborates here. 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.

More by this author Bullshit Jobs David Graeber. 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 themselves activists.

The last chapter, daviid left me a little cold and reminded me again of why I prefer organizations with a bit more structure and a bit more focus on building and maintaining membership than the more purely insurrectionist groups. AK Press Distribution Amazon.

Dropping the reader straight acton an activist group, Graeber does a great job of immersing you in the world of the graeger 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 grxeber I have read in a long time. Although it is touched upon briefly, what could be useful would be a history of direct action that theorizes the transition from direct action and sabotage as tools used by working people working class, in the narrow sense to tools used by generally college-educated middle class activists.

Huge book, but it is very readable with actiion good mix of different actlon of writing. The case ethnographhy at the center acyion 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 in Quebec City. If you’ve read other of Graeber’s work a lot of this will be familiar, and explored from a different angle.


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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. Goodreads reviews for Direct Action e-book. 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 the conversation.

I was thinking of doing an abridged edition of this book for a university press – that way it could be assigned for classes. 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.

But if you’re looking for a highly readable account of the global justice movement in the early s, look no further Books by David Graeber. My only gripe with the book is that it is too long. As I understand it, it was a long time in the dwvid so I guess they decided it was time to ship it as it was.

Direct Action Network, Ya Basta! Graeber dirext 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.

From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and tear gas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating ehtnography. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The first half of the book is the “ethnography,” which I put in quotes because it didn’t feel like the ethnographies I normally read, you know, about indigenous cultures. Ethography In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement.