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Graeber, David

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Most widely held works by David Graeber
Debt : the first 5,000 years by David Graeber( Book )

65 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors
Lost people : magic and the legacy of slavery in Madagascar by David Graeber( )

15 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Betafo, a rural community in central Madagascar, is divided between the descendants of nobles and descendants of slaves. Anthropologist David Graeber arrived for fieldwork at the height of tensions attributed to a disastrous communal ordeal two years earlier. As Graeber uncovers the layers of historical, social, and cultural knowledge required to understand this event, he elaborates a new view of power, inequality, and the political role of narrative. Combining theoretical subtlety, a compelling narrative line, and vividly drawn characters, Lost People is a singular contribution to the anthropology of politics and the literature on ethnographic writing. -- Publisher description
The Democracy Project : a history, a crisis, a movement by David Graeber( Book )

42 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world--democracy--and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America. Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution--from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we--average citizens--make change happen? David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today.--From publisher description
The utopia of rules : on technology, stupidity, and the secret joys of bureaucracy by David Graeber( Book )

32 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? And is it really a cipher for state violence? To answer these questions, anthropologist David Graeber ... traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today, and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice"--Jacket
Direct action : an ethnography by David Graeber( )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. The case study at the center of Direct Action is the organizing and events that led to the one of the most dramatic and militant mass protests in recent years -- against the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City. Written in a clear, accessible style (with a minimum of academic jargon), this study brings readers behind the scenes of a movement that has changed the terms of debate about world power relations. From informal conversations in coffee shops to large "spokescouncil" planning meetings and tear gas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture. Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: meeting structure and process, language, symbolism and representation, the specific rituals of activist culture, and much more. Starting from the assumption that, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, "objective" perspective is impossible, Graeber writes as both scholar and activist. At the same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to important ongoing political events is a serious and unique contribution to the field of anthropology, as well as an inquiry into anthropologyʹs political implications
Bullshit jobs by David Graeber( Book )

16 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world?' David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative online essay titled On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs. He defined a bullshit job as 'a form of paid employment that is so completely pointless, unnecessary, or pernicious that even the employee cannot justify its existence, even though as part of the conditions of employment, the employee feels obliged to pretend that this is not the case.' After a million views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer. ... Graeber, in his singularly searing and illuminating style, identifies the five types of bullshit jobs and argues that when 1 percent of the population controls most of a society's wealth, they control what jobs are 'useful' and 'important.' ... Graeber illustrates how nurses, bus drivers, musicians, and landscape gardeners provide true value, and what it says about us as a society when we look down upon them. Using arguments from some of the most revered political thinkers, philosophers, and scientists of our time, Graeber articulates the societal and political consequences of these bullshit jobs. Depression, anxiety, and a warped sense of our values are all dire concerns. He provides a blueprint to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture, providing the meaning and satisfaction we all crave."--Jacket
Toward an anthropological theory of value : the false coin of our own dreams by David Graeber( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This innovative book is the first comprehensive synthesis of economic, political, and cultural theories of value. David Graeber reexamines a century of anthropological thought about value and exchange, in large measure to find a way out of quandaries in current social theory, which have become critical at the present moment of ideological collapse in the face of Neoliberalism. Rooted in an engaged, dynamic realism, Graeber argues that projects of cultural comparison are in a sense necessarily revolutionary projects: He attempts to synthesize the best insights of Karl Marx and Marcel Mauss, arguing that these figures represent two extreme, but ultimately complementary, possibilities in the shape such a project might take. Graeber breathes new life into the classic anthropological texts on exchange, value, and economy. He rethinks the cases of Iroquois wampum, Pacific kula exchanges, and the Kwakiutl potlatch within the flow of world historical processes, and recasts value as a model of human meaning-making, which far exceeds rationalist/reductive economist paradigms
Fragments of an anarchist anthropology by David Graeber( Book )

33 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy--everywhere, that is, except the academy. Anarchists repeatedly appeal to anthropologists for ideas about how society might be reorganized on a more egalitarian, less alienating basis. Anthropologists, terrified of being accused of romanticism, respond with silence ... But what if they didn't? This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism. Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in the realm of possibility: anarchist anthropology. -- Publisher description
On kings by David Graeber( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In anthropology as much as in popular imagination, kings are figures of fascination and intrigue, heroes or tyrants in ways presidents and prime ministers can never be. This collection of essays by two of the world’s most distinguished anthropologists—David Graeber and Marshall Sahlins—explores what kingship actually is, historically and anthropologically. As they show, kings are symbols for more than just sovereignty: indeed, the study of kingship offers a unique window into fundamental dilemmas concerning the very nature of power, meaning, and the human condition. Reflecting on issues such as temporality, alterity, and utopia—not to mention the divine, the strange, the numinous, and the bestial—Graeber and Sahlins explore the role of kings as they have existed around the world, from the BaKongo to the Aztec to the Shilluk and beyond. Richly delivered with the wit and sharp analysis characteristic of Graeber and Sahlins, this book opens up new avenues for the anthropological study of this fascinating and ubiquitous political figure
Possibilities : essays on hierarchy, rebellion, and desire by David Graeber( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and French and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graeber revisits questions raised in his earlier book, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. 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, etc. 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
Bureaucratie by David Graeber( Book )

16 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Comment en sommes-nous arrivés, dans une société dite libérale, à passer une grande partie de notre temps à remplir de plus en plus de formulaires? Et à quel point nos vies sont-elles gâchées par toute cette paperasserie sans fin? Pour répondre à ces questions, l'auteur s'intéresse à l'histoire de notre rapport singulier à la bureaucratie et révèle comment elle façonne nos vies à tel point que nous n'en avons même plus conscience. L'inanité de cette paperasse est-elle symptomatique de la violence étatique? Ou ne serait-elle pas plutôt un instrument du capitalisme, financier notamment, qui exercerait son contrôle à travers elle pour asseoir son pouvoir. Sur la technologie, Graeber développe également l'idée que le capitalisme néolibéral a freiné délibérément la technologie, et l'a détournée de ce qu'il appelle les " technologies poétiques " (créatrices) au profit des " technologies bureaucratiques " (de surveillance, de discipline, du travail et de tâches administratives) : les impératifs administratifs sont donc devenus non les moyens, mais la fin du développement technologique. Un livre essentiel pour comprendre notre temps. Bureaucratie sera à n'en pas douter au coeur du débat sur les institutions qui régissent nos vies et du monde meilleur et plus libre que nous devrions peut-être commencer à imaginer "--
Constituent imagination : militant investigations//collective theorization( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couv.: What is the relationship of radical theory to movements for social change? In a world where more and more global struggles are refusing vanguard parties and authoritarian practices, does the idea of the detached intellectual, observing events from on high, make sense anymore? In this powerful and unabashedly militant collection, over two dozen academic authors and engaged intellectuals-including Antonio Negri and Colectivo Situaciones-provide some challenging answers. In the process, they redefine the nature of intellectual practice itself. The twenty essays cover a broad range: embedded intellectuals in increasingly corporatized universities, research projects in which factory workers and academics work side by side, revolutionary ethnographies of the Global Justice Movement, meditations on technology from the branches of a Scottish tree-sit. What links them all is a collective and expansive re-imagining of engaged intellectual work in the service of social change. In a cultural climate in where right-wing watchdog groups seem to have radical academics on the run, this unapologetic anthology is a breath of fresh air
Schulden : die ersten 5000 Jahre by David Graeber( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in German and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seit der Erfindung des Kredits vor 5000 Jahren treibt das Versprechen auf Rückzahlung Menschen in die Sklaverei. Die Geschichte der Menschheit erzählt David Graeber als eine Geschichte der Schulden: eines moralischen Prinzips, das nur die Macht der Herrschenden stützt. Damit durchbricht er die Logik des Kapitalismus und befreit unser Denken vom Primat der Ökonomie
Capitalism by Ilan Ziv( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Capitalism has been the engine of unprecedented economic growth and social transformation. But how much do we understand about how it originated, and what makes it work? Capitalism is an ambitious but accessible six-part series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world. Featuring interviews with some of the world's great historians, economists, anthropologists, and social critics, Capitalism questions the myth of the unfettered free market, explores the nature of debt and commodities, and retraces some of the great economic debates of the last 200 years."--Container
Revolution in Rojava : democratic autonomy and women's liberation in Syrian Kurdistan by Michael Knapp( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Surrounded by enemies including ISIS and hostile Turkish forces, the people in Syria's Rojava region are carving out one of the most radically progressive societies on the planet. Visitors have been astounded by the success of their project, a communally organised democracy which considers women's equality indispensable, has a deep-reaching ecological policies, and rejects reactionary nationalist ideology. This form of organization, labeled democratic confederalism, is both fiercely anti-capitalist and boasts a self-defense capacity which is keeping ISIS from their gates. Drawing on their own firsthand experiences of working and fighting in the region, the authors provide the first detailed account of a revolutionary experiment and a new vision of politics and society in the Middle East and beyond"--Back cover
Capitalism( Visual )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed over two years in 22 countries, interviewing 21 of the world's leading economists, historians, sociologists and political scientist, it is an ambitious and accessible six-part documentary series that looks at the ideas and social forces that have shaped the capitalist world
Inside Occupy by David Graeber( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mit dem Aufruf: "Occupy Wall Street" besetzt im September 2011 eine Gruppe von Aktivisten den Zuccotti-Park im New Yorker Finanzdistrikt um friedlich gegen Finanzmärkte und Banken sowie die Untätigkeit der Politik zu demonstrieren. Binnen kürzester Zeit mobilisiert die Bewegung hunderttausende Menschen rund um den Globus, kreuz und quer durch alle Bevölkerungsschichten. Sie alle eint die Empörung über ein System das jene, die sich an die gesellschaftlichen Spielregeln halten, im Stich lässt und Vermögen ungerecht verteilt, zugunsten einer kleinen Elite. Als Anthropologe und Vordenker hat David Graeber der Occupy-Bewegung intellektuellen Tiefgang verliehen. Mit seinem Buch bietet er nun auf rund 160 Seiten einzigartige Einblicke in das Zentrum der größten Protestbewegung seit Jahrzehnten. Er berichtet, wie sie sich formierte und welche Ziele sie verfolgt. Graeber legt außerdem die Prinzipien von Protesten dar und zeigt konkret, was jeder Einzelne politisch verändern kann
Debt : the first 5,000 years by David Graeber( )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before there was money, there was debt Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems-to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There's not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods-that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption") derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history-as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy
The fire of the jaguar by Terence Turner( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not since Clifford Geertz's "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight" has the publication of an anthropological analysis been as eagerly awaited as this book. Turner's reanalysis of the famous myth from the Kayapo people of Brazil was anticipated as an exemplar of a new, dynamic, materialist, action-oriented structuralism, one very different from the kind made famous by Claude Lévi-Strauss. But the study never fully materialized. Now, with this volume, it has arrived, bringing with it powerful new insights that challenge the way we think about structuralism, its legacy, and the reasons we have moved away from it. In these chapters, Turner carries out one of the richest and most sustained analysis of a single myth ever conducted. Turner places the "Fire of the Jaguar" myth in the full context of Kayapo society and culture and shows how it became both an origin tale and model for the work of socialization, which is the primary form of productive labor in Kayapo society. A posthumous tribute to Turner's theoretical erudition, ethnographic rigor, and respect for Amazonian indigenous lifeworlds, this book brings this fascinating Kayapo myth alive for new generations of anthropologists. Accompanied with some of Turner's related pieces on Kayapo cosmology, this book is at once a richly literary work and an illuminating meditation on the process of creativity itself
Revolutions in reverse by David Graeber( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Capitalism as we know it appears to be coming apart. But as financial institutions stagger and crumble, there is no obvious alternative. There is good reason to believe that, in a generation or so, capitalism will no longer exist: for the simple reason that it's impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual growth forever on a finite planet. Yet faced with this prospect, the knee-jerk reaction is often to cling to what exists because they simply can't imagine an alternative that wouldn't be even more oppressive and destructive. The political imagination seems to have reached an impasse. Or has it? In this collection of essays David Graeber explores a wide-ranging set of topics including political strategy, global trade, debt, imagination, violence, aesthetics, alienation, and creativity. Written in the wake of the anti-globalization movement and the rise of the war on terror, these essays survey the political landscape for signs of hope in unexpected places"--Page 4 of cover
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Lost people : magic and the legacy of slavery in Madagascar
Lost people : magic and the legacy of slavery in MadagascarDirect action : an ethnographyToward an anthropological theory of value : the false coin of our own dreamsFragments of an anarchist anthropologyPossibilities : essays on hierarchy, rebellion, and desireConstituent imagination : militant investigations//collective theorization
Alternative Names
David Graeber Amerikaans antropoloog

David Graeber amerikanischer Ethnologe und Anarchist

David Graeber anthropologue

David Graeber antropologo, anarchico e attivista statunitense

David Graeber usona antropologo kaj anarkiisto

Graeber, David

Грэбер, Дэвид

Девід Гребер

Дейвид Грейбър

그레이버, 데이비드 1961-

グレーバー, デヴィッド

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