"If anthropology consists of making others logically compelling in their
own cultural settings and intellectually revealing of the human
condition, then David Graeber is the consumate anthropologist. Not only
does he accomplish this profound feat, he redoubles it by the critical
task—now more urgent than ever—of making the possibilities of other
people's worlds the basis for understanding our own."
—Marshall Sahlins, University of Chicago
In this collection, David Graeber revisits questions raised in his popular book, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Employing an unpretentious style to convey complex ideas, these twelve essays cover a lot of ground: the origins of capitalism, the history of European table manners, love potions and gender in rural Madagascar, the phenomenology of giant puppets at street protests, and much more. But they're linked by a clear purpose: to explore the nature of social power and the forms that resistance to it have taken—or might take in the future.
(edited with Stevphen Shukaitis and Erika Biddle).Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigation, Collective Theorization; and Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar; Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value and New Left Review, and his books include Harper's Magazine
is an anthropologist and activist, who currently teaches at the
University of London and has been active in direct action groups, such
as the Direct Action Network and People's Global Action. He has written
for David Graeber
, Wayne State University Steven Shaviro—
"Graeber's ideas are rich and wide-ranging; he pushes us to expand the boundaries of what we admit to be possible, or even thinkable."
In the best anthropological tradition, Graeber uses rich ethnographic and historical detail to support and illuminate broad insights into human nature and society. In the process, he shows how scholarly concerns can be of use to radical social movements, and how the perspectives of such movements shed new light on debates within the academy.
Possibilities : Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion and Desire - David Graeber
- Product Code: New
- Availability: In Stock