As If Already Free: Anthropology and Activism After David Graeber
Published by: Pluto Press
Imprint: Pluto Press
Sales Date: 2023-10-20
Published: October 2023
272 Pages, 140.00 x 216.00 x 0.80 in, 2 figures; 2 photographs
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'A highly original thinker' - New York Times
David Graeber (1961–2020) was an American anthropologist and anarchist activist, who left us with new ways to understand humankind. This collection of new writing brings together his insights into one book, showing how deeply his work continues to influence us today.
Graeber’s writing resonates with both scholars and activists looking to shake things up. The impact of his work is broad in scope, from birth to banking, and he picks open social hierarchy and political power to expose what really makes human society tick.
In today’s neoliberal world, we can turn to his legacy to provide a way for us to understand what went wrong, and how to fix it. This collection of writings is both an introduction to his life and works, a guide to his key ideas, and an inspiring example of of how anthropologists are continuing to use his work today.
Introduction: David Graeber in the Library Stacks
1. On Morons - Josh Reno, Binghamton, USA
2. Birthing Possibilities - Holly High, Deakin, Australia
3. The Anarchist Anthropologist - High and Reno
4. Ka Mate, Ka Ora - Georgina Tauri Stewart, Auckland University of Technology
5. Actualising the Public University - Sharad Chari, UC Berkeley
6. Graeber, Leach, and the Revolution in Myanmar - Michael Edwards, Uni of Cambridge
7. Debt and political possibility in Eritrea - Michael Ralph, Howard University
8. Collectivised Hoards and the Regulation of Money - Gustav Peebles, New School
9. A Digression in Value - David Pedersen, UC San Diego
10. Property and propriety in 'good politics' - Erica Lagalisse, LSE
Afterword - Bill Maurer, UC Irvine