While the first half of the book will for sure keep you on the edge of your seat, the second portion is no less fascinating. Please consider visiting the AK Press website to learn more about the fundraiser to help them and their neighbors. Here, Graeber gives a detailed study of anarchist culture in North America, from consensus decision-making and spokescouncils to infoshops, Indymedia, giant puppets, DIY punk, and vegan diets. This was a marathon book for me. 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. The "Actions" chapter puts us back in the action, which is welcome after all those meetings, right? David Graeber (Author) Special Price $22.46. Not only is this informative, but it builds a desire to want to start, support and/or be a part of activist actions. Starting from the assumption that, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, "objective" perspective is impossible, he … In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Quantity. Preview. It is a bit ironic that he occasionally takes digs at 'movement celebrities' and people who claim 'to speak for the movement' when that is pretty much what he is up to here, but the idea that this book is meant to be part of a dialogue and not meant as some kind of anarchist "Grundrisse" is pretty clear. Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: meeting structure and process, language, symbolism and representation, the specific rituals of activist culture, and much more. Main Direct Action: An Ethnography. 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 Other. Please try again. I liked the end and the beginning. See other's reviews for a more accurate takeaway. Year: 2009. Graeber gives a good sense of what day-to-day anarchist activism in North America looks like, what direct action is, and—probably unintentionally—how anarchist activists reason themselves out of ever doing it. Rather, it would have to begin from an analysis of movement building practices and organizing, and what kinds of collective compositions they create and sustain. 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. Indeed vivid and engaging. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Graeber, David Direct action: an ethnography. And I will read it several more times. 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 Québec City. With "Direct Action" David Graeber has written an important and timely book. Perhaps the best book ever written about the global justice movement! Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Direct Action e-book. The last chapter on Imagination divulges less from encounters and wages heavily on social theory which really rounds of this engaging book that is open for those interested for. An insightful and invigorating glance at activist culture. And here--direct action and anarchism! This book changed some of the ways I view civil disobedience. This, Graeber argues, is why art and revolution are so often in close company. Fred Jenkins April 30, 2018 book, revolution-in-reverse. Next. 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. Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2018. "Representation" was also great and something I think media majors might want to check out. One of my favourites, it's not short, but for me at least it had quite an impact on my life. The last chapter, "Imagination," 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. Rather, it would have to begin from an analysis of movement building practices and organizing, and what kinds of collective compositions they create and sustain. On Kings. Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2016. Despite being sympathetic to it, being an anarchist himself, he paints the North American anarchist activist community as an inward-looking circle-jerk that's about as likely to accomplish immediate tiny goals as liberal protesters (whose tactics, big talk on the part of anarchists aside. And it is precisely this kind of detailed and imaginative analysis that is valuable now at the point where these movements have been dispersed and it is time to take a step back and learn from these experiences, precisely to appreciate what they made possible and what was inadequate to the situation. BUT what wonder--what treasures--what gold!! I love graeber's writing--detailed, to the point, great analysis, interesting perspectives...gah. But obviously it cuts down on the book's appeal, even though it was designed so you can skip around in it and don't have to read the whole thing. Then there is a good amount of theory that will probably resonate with most (anarchist) activists. To see what your friends thought of this book, I'm gonna go ahead and call this a great book. The middle gets mushy but that might be because i took a 6 month break and because I recall him talking a lot about many things i understood. ISBN 10: 1904859798. Took over a year to read with a 6 month break. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And it is precisely this kind of detailed and imaginative analysis that is valuable now at the point where these movements have been dispersed and it is time to take a step back and learn from these experiences, to appreciate what they made possible and what was inadequate to the situation. Hooray! Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. "The internet is great for disseminating information and useless for making decisions." Please login to your account first ; Need help? One chunk of about 40 pages was missing entirely, the next chapter was repeated twice, once spliced randomly into a later section. So, if you want to better understand what the anti-capitalist movement is all about, I strongly urge you to read this insightful book. You Are G8, We Are 6 Billion: The Truth Behind the Genoa Protests, Direct Action, Anarchism, and Direct Democracy, Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction, Heat Up the Holidays with These 27 Winter Romances. The politics of violence asserts (implicitly) that the fundamental reality that society is based on is essentially the rule of force. This book is a timeless and relevant piece with detailed looks inside meetings and communications that all lead up to and include direct actions. I was just taking a look and then couldn't help skimming through the whole book. Pretty good book, but the copy I got was a horrible misprint. September 1st 2009 When, instead, imagination is free of such restriction, the presumed necessity of the rule of force completely disappears. collective, CLAC, SalAMI, the Pagan Cluster, and the Black Bloc, among others. In other words, it would necessarily involve something like the ethnographic understanding that Graeber elaborates here. Consists of Graeber's personal involvement, notes, minutes, and summaries of many public meetings in preparing for the summit; analysis of the nature of non-violence and civil disobedience in America post-1990s (in light of the Zapatistas, Earth First!, and Seattle WTO 1999); detailed thoughts on the consensus decision process as exercised particularly by the Di.