DAVID GRAEBER DIRECT ACTION AN ETHNOGRAPHY PDF

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.

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Graeber, David Direct action: an ethnography. ISBN In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement.

Starting from the assumption that, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, "objective" perspective is impossible, he 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 anthropology's political implications.

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 teargas-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, representation, the specific rituals of activist culture, and much more.

Direct action: an ethnography. ISBN Full text not available from this repository. G Geography. Social problems. Social reform.

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Direct action: an ethnography

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Review of Direct Action: An Ethnography

Graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University of London. Direct Action: An Ethnography emerges from his fieldnotes and observations made while participating in a number of anarchist organizations in New York City between and Of particular interest to Canadian readers, the first half of the book is a detailed description of the marathon meetings mostly in New York City in the month prior to the demonstrations in Awkesasne and Quebec City against the Free Trade Area of the Americas FTAA , as well as the demonstrations themselves in April The second half of the book is intended to be more analytical, including chapters on the social make-up of the movement, the conduct of meetings, a typology of demonstrations, and the politics of representation.

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Direct Action: An Ethnography

Direct Action: An Ethnography is an ethnographic study of the global justice movement written by anthropologist David Graeber and published by AK Press in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fountain, Philip M. November 29, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology. Hilmer, Jeffrey D.

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