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Possibilities by David Graeber
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Mar 12, 2008

bookshelves: currently-reading, anarchism, anthropology, economics, globalization, history, non-fiction, politics
Read in December, 2008

This is Graeber's follow-up to Fragments of An Anarchist Anthropology. It's much larger in scope and size, and it's organized as a collection of long essays, some of which are overly academic, and some of which are much more accessible.

The essays are organized into 3 sections: one about past history and theories about private property, consumption/destruction, capitalism/slavery, and fetishism/creativity. The second section is all about rural Madagascar (since that's where the author spent a few years actually being an anthropologist). And the last section is about direct action/democracy and the current anti-capitalist (or "global justice" or "anti-globalization") movement. The final essay is called "On the Phenomeonology of Giant Puppets: Broken Windows, Imaginary Jars of Urine, and the Cosmological Role of Police in American Culture."

So far, so good. I recommend a reading of his previous book, Fragments... before tackling this one, and then wait a bit for the release of his upcoming book Direct Action: An Ethnography.

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