Monday, August 15, 2005
Link below is to a free copy of his book as a pdf file.
The review opens like this:
"If there is any question thrown at organizers within the various tendrils of the global justice movement intended to make our efforts appear utopian and unrealizable, it would have to be 'I understand what you’re against, but what are you for?” The implicit idea being that there is no reason to believe that another world is possible in more than a rhetorical sense, or at least not examples to prove such is possible. Frequently those of us who dream of a liberated world without a market or state structures turn to anthropology for inspiration from the thousands of years of human history where such didn’t exist. Anthropologists, worried about being accused of romanticizing populations, have generally responded to these inquiries with a confused silence.
"In Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology Yale based anthropologist and political activist David Graeber asks, 'what if that wasn’t the case?' Drawing from the rich history of ethnographic materials and anthropological records as well as critical theory and current practices within the global justice movement, Graeber demonstrates that there is an endless variety of revolutionary political and social organization to draw from."
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Review continues at link above. For a free digital copy of the book, click here: http://www.prickly-paradigm.com/paradigm14.pdf
Or, you can buy the hard copy of Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology from the publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press