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Possibilities : essays on hierarchy, rebellion, and desire

Author: David Graeber
Publisher: Oakland, CA : AK Press, 2007.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Graeber
ISBN: 9781904859666 1904859666
OCLC Number: 154704091
Description: 433 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Some thoughts on the origins of our current predicament. Manners, deference, and private property: or, elements for a general theory of hierarchy --
The very idea of consumption: desire, phantasms, and the aesthetics of destruction from medieval times to the present --
Turning modes of production inside-out: or, why capitalism is a transformation fo slavery (short version) --
Fetishism as social creativity: or, fetishes are gods in the process of construction --
pt. 2. Provisional autonomous zone: dilemmas of authority in rural Madagascar. Provisional autonomous zone: or, the ghost-state in Madagascar --
Dancing with corpses reconsidered: an interpretation of Famadihana (in Arivonimamo, Madigascar) --
Love magic and political morality in central Madagascar, 1875-1990 --
Oppression --
pt. 3. Direct action, direct democracy, and social theory. The twilight of vanguardism --
Social theory as science and utopia: or, does the prospect of a general sociological theory still mean anything in an age of globalization? --
There never was a west: or, democracy emerges from the spaces in between --
On the phenomenology of giant puppets: broken windows, imaginary jars of urine, and the cosmological role of the police in American culture.
Responsibility: David Graeber.

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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.

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