Possibilities Essays On Hierarchy Rebellion And Desire Ebook

"If anthropology consists of making the apparently wild thought of others logically compelling in their own cultural settings and intellectually revealing of the human condition, then David Graeber is the consummate 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
"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."—Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University

In this collection, David Graeber revisits questions raised in his popular book, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Written in an unpretentious style that uses accessible and entertaining language to convey complex theoretical ideas, these twelve essays cover a lot of ground, including the origins of capitalism, the history of European table manners, love potions in rural Madagascar, and the phenomenology of giant puppets at street protests. 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.

Anarchism is currently undergoing a worldwide revival, in many ways replacing Marxism as the theoretical and moral center of new revolutionary social movements. It has, however, left little mark on the academy. While anarchists and other visionaries have turned to anthropology for ideas and inspiration, anthropologists are reluctant to enter into serious dialogue. David Graeber is not. These essays, spanning almost twenty years, show 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.

“An absolutely indispensable—and enormous—treatise on the history of money and its relationship to inequality in society.” —Cory DoctorowBoingBoing

“Mr. Graeber is a star in the left-academic world…the most influential anthropologist in the world.” The Chronicle of Higher Education

“Debt [is] meticulously and deliciously detailed.” —Ben Ehrenreich,Los Angeles Times

“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.” The New York Times Book Review

“One of the year’s most influential books. Graeber situates the emergence of credit within the rise of class society, the destruction of societies based on ‘webs of mutual commitment’ and the constantly implied threat of physical violence that lies behind all social relations based on money.” —Paul Mason, The Guardian

“If you want to get a fresh perspective on the issue, take a look at a fascinating new book called Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber … not just thought-provoking, but also exceedingly timely.” — Gillian Tett, The Financial Times

“Remarkable.” —Giles Fraser, BBC Radio 4

“The book is more readable and entertaining than I can indicate… It is a meditation on debt, tribute, gifts, religion and the false history of money. Graeber is a scholarly researcher, an activist and a public intellectual. His field is the whole history of social and economic transactions.” Peter Carey, The Observer

”Graeber helps by exposing the bad old world of debt, and clearing the way for a new horizon beyond commodification.” — The New Left Review

“Graeber has given us a significant piece of historical scholarship, one that demonstrates how a new understanding of debt might provide us with some clues for the future.” —Justin E. H. Smith, Bookforum

“[A]n engaging book. Part anthropological history and part provocative political argument, it’s a useful corrective to what passes for contemporary conversation about debt and the economy.” —Jesse Singal, Boston Globe

“Graeber’s book has forced me to completely reevaluate my position on human economics, its history, and its branches of thought. A Marxism without Graeber’s anthropology is beginning to feel meaningless to me.” —Charles Mudede, The Stranger

“The world of borrowing needs a little demystification, and David Graeber’s Debt is a good start.” —The L Magazine

“Controversial and thought-provoking, an excellent book.” —Booklist

“This timely and accessible book would appeal to any reader interested in the past and present culture surrounding debt, as well as broad-minded economists.” —Library Journal

“A brilliant, deeply original political thinker.” —Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell

“His writings on anthropological theory are outstanding. I consider him the best anthropological theorist of his generation from anywhere in the world.” —Maurice Bloch, Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and European Professor at the College de France

“An amazing debut – conversational, pugnacious, propulsive” —Times Higher Education (UK)

Watch David Graeber’s latest interview on Charlie Rose

See David Graeber on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman

Watch Amy Goodman’s interview with Graeber for Democracy Now

Listen to Graeber’s interview with the CBC’s Sunday Edition

Watch Graeber’s interview with PBS’s Need To Know

Watch Graeber’s interview on Charlie Rose, discussing his controversial firing from Yale University

ReadGraeber’s Wall Street Journal essay on the S&P downgrade of US Treasury Bonds

Check out Graeber’s Huffington Post slideshowon the ”9 Things You Didn’t Know About the History of Debt”

Read an interview with Graeber for CNN’s In the Arena blog

Check out Flavorwire’s slideshow on ”Extraordinary Literary Debts” inspired by Debt

Read Graeber’s essay for the Washington Post website.

Listen to Graeber’sinterview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer:

Listen to Graeber’s interviewon Pacifica Radio’s Letters and Politics

Listen to Graeber’s Interview with The Writer’s Voice


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