Fountain, Philip M. (November 29, ). “Rev. of Direct Action: An Ethnography by David Graeber”. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology. 12 (5): – Direct Action*a thorough analysis of the ‘invisible architecture’ (p. ) of the At the start of this weighty ethnographic tome, David Graeber is in the early years. Direct action: an ethnography. Graeber, David () Direct action: an ethnography. AK Press, Oakland, California, USA ; Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. This may be one of my favorite anthropology books of the last decade. Consists of Graeber’s personal involvement, notes, minutes, and summaries of many public meetings in preparing for the summit; analysis of the nature of non-violence and civil disobedience in America posts in light of the Zapatistas, Earth First!

JavaScript seem to be disabled in your browser. There is obviously going to be a lot more understanding between Graeber and the members of the direct action tribe than there would be between the anthropologist and the capital O Other. If you are interested in the process of grassroots activism and organizing this is a mandatory read. I think the “Meetings” chapter would make a great booklet and I like the idea of having all these facilitators and “vibes watchers,” at least for those meetings where the process is as likely to lead to a split as it is to consensus.


Graeber, an anarchist anthropologist, attempts to create an ethnographic study of the global justice movement. From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and teargas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture.

Details In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement.

It seems pretty interesting, and I may return dirrct it in the future, just, again, not really what I want to be reading at the moment. The book itself can be viewed I’m gonna go ahead and call this a great book.

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Dec 30, Sam rated it it was amazing. It’s a physically daunting book to pick up, perhaps more so than many similar length books I’ve read lately. Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: Mar 11, Eirect rated it really liked it. The Failure of Nonviolence e-book Peter Gelderloos. David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist.

I liked the end ethnoography the beginning. It’s worth revisiting even if you know it well. From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and tear gas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture.

I am not knocking the successes of the summit hoppers or Occupy which is looming in ethnograpyh future of this ethmography like the shadowy outline a big friendly paper mache puppet hidden in a tear gas cloudI am just trying to be clear that I prefer to act locally, I guess, and to try to get some of these ideas out to people who don’t yet consider themselves activists. Also, it is very exciting. Jan 31, Shawn Cassiman rated it it was amazing.


I’ve spent a lot of time narrowing down what this book is and isn’t about. Feb 09, Josiah Miller rated it really liked it.

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View all 5 comments. Graeber’s ability to shed light on the power dynamics involved in various elements of civil disobedience and in things like “why do police hate puppets” is absolutely brilliant. I ethnographh thinking of doing an abridged edition of this book for a university press – that way it could be assigned for classes.

One of my favourites, it’s not short, but for me at least it had quite an impact on my life. I recommended it to many people before it was even published!!!!

Graber makes the case that the real magic of direct democracy occurs in meetings when people take the time and energy to enact consensus process. 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 anthropology’s political implications.

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