Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology is one of a series of pamphlets published by Prickly Paradigm Press in Graeber posits that anthropology is "particularly well positioned" as an academic discipline that can look at the gamut of human societies and organizations, to study, analyze and catalog alternative social and economic structures around the world, and most importantly, present these alternatives to the world. One of the most striking suggestions in the pamphlet challenges the traditional anarchist notion of aggressive confrontation with the state. Graeber did postgraduate work with tribal cultures in Madagascar , including one with the Tsimihety in the northwest of the country. The Tsimihety, rejecting all governmental authority and organizing their society along very egalitarian lines, were able to continue their autonomy and culture for decades on end, up to the present, not by confronting the government, but by retreating.
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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology
The anthropologist David Graeber has a strong claim to being the house theorist of Occupy Wall Street. For him, the encampments in cities across the country prefigure the kind of anti-hierarchical, stateless society that ought to be our future. In the best tradition of anthropology, Graeber treats debt ceilings, subprime mortgages and credit default swaps as if they were the exotic practices of some self-destructive tribe. Written in a brash, engaging style, the book is also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of debt — where it came from and how it evolved. What makes the work more than a screed is its intricate examination of societies from ancient Mesopotamia to s Madagascar, and thinkers ranging from Rabelais to Nietzsche — and to George W. That an anthropologist should feel obliged to assess the role of debt in modern society is perhaps no surprise. The discipline has always taken pride in undermining the assumptions of classical economics.
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Fragments of an anarchist anthropology - David Graeber
Social workers advised him that, in order to pay for the home care she needed, he should apply for Medicaid, the US government health insurance programme for people on low incomes. If so, how many years of our life do we spend doing paperwork? But the form-filling ordeal stayed with him. Being somehow put in a position where one actually does end up acting like an idiot? How did I not notice that the signature was on the wrong line? Its main purpose is to free us from a rightwing misconception about bureaucracy. Wrong, Graeber argues.