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Direct action : an ethnography

Author: David Graeber
Publisher: Edinburgh ; Oakland : AK Press, ©2009.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Erlebnisbericht
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Graeber
ISBN: 9781904859796 1904859798
OCLC Number: 182529207
Description: xx, 568 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : you begin with rage, you move on to silly fantasies ---
New York diary : March 2001 ---
A trip to Québec City ---
From Burlington to Akwesasne ---
Summit of the Americas, Québec City ---
Direct action, anarchism, direct democracy ---
Some notes on "activist culture" ---
Meetings ---
Actions ---
Representation ---
Imagination.
Responsibility: by David Graeber.

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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.

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