Over the course of a long career, Brian Morris has created an impressive body of engaging and insightful writings—from social anthropology and ethnography to politics, history, and philosophy—that have made these subjects accessible to the layperson without sacrificing analytical rigor. But until now, the essays collected here, originally published in obscure journals and political magazines, have been largely unavailable to the broad readership to which they are so naturally suited. The opposite of arcane, specialized writing, Morris’s work takes an interdisciplinary approach that moves seamlessly among topics, offering up coherent and practical connections between his various scholarly interests and his deeply held commitment to anarchist politics and thought.
Approached in this way, anthropology and ecology are largely untapped veins whose relevance for anarchism and other traditions of social thought have only recently begun to be explored and debated. But there is a long history of anarchist writers drawing upon works in those related fields. Morris’s essays both explore past connections and suggest ways that broad currents of anarchist thought will have new and ever-emerging relevance for anthropology and many other ways of understanding social relationships. His writings avoid the constraints of dogma and reach across an impressive array of topics to give readers a lucid orientation within these traditions and point to new ways to confront common challenges.
“Brian Morris blazed a lot of trails. He is a scholar of genuine
daring and great humanity, and his work deserves to be read and debated
for a very long time to come.”
—David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years
“This is a marvelously original book bursting with new ideas. I have
read it with enormous interest and admiration. This collection of essays
is an outstanding contribution to anthropology, environmental thought,
—Andrej Grubacic, professor and department chair in Anthropology and Social Change, California Institute of Integral Studies
Anthropology, Ecology, And Anarchism : A Brian Morris Reader - Brian Morris & Peter Marshall (Introduction By)
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