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Graeber, David

Works: 131 works in 447 publications in 12 languages and 9,411 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Creator, Editor, Author of introduction, Lyricist, wpr, Contributor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Graeber
Debt : the first 5,000 years by David Graeber( Book )

56 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors
The Democracy Project : a history, a crisis, a movement by David Graeber( Book )

39 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On August 2 2011, David Graeber and a group of veterans from various European, Middle Eastern and Asian activist movements answered the Adbusters provocation to 'occupy Wall Street'. This book tells the story of Occupy Wall Street's origins and explains how the movement works and how readers can replicate its method in their communities
The utopia of rules : on technology, stupidity, and the secret joys of bureaucracy by David Graeber( Book )

31 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? And is it really a cipher for state violence? To answer these questions, anthropologist David Graeber ... traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today, and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice"--Jacket
Toward an anthropological theory of value : the false coin of our own dreams by David Graeber( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This innovative book is the first comprehensive synthesis of economic, political, and cultural theories of value. David Graeber reexamines a century of anthropological thought about value and exchange, in large measure to find a way out of quandaries in current social theory, which have become critical at the present moment of ideological collapse in the face of Neoliberalism. Rooted in an engaged, dynamic realism, Graeber argues that projects of cultural comparison are in a sense necessarily revolutionary projects: He attempts to synthesize the best insights of Karl Marx and Marcel Mauss, arguing that these figures represent two extreme, but ultimately complementary, possibilities in the shape such a project might take. Graeber breathes new life into the classic anthropological texts on exchange, value, and economy. He rethinks the cases of Iroquois wampum, Pacific kula exchanges, and the Kwakiutl potlatch within the flow of world historical processes, and recasts value as a model of human meaning-making, which far exceeds rationalist/reductive economist paradigms. -- Back cover
Fragments of an anarchist anthropology by David Graeber( Book )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy--everywhere, that is, except the academy. Anarchists repeatedly appeal to anthropologists for ideas about how society might be reorganized on a more egalitarian, less alienating basis. Anthropologists, terrified of being accused of romanticism, respond with silence ... But what if they didn't? This pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism. Here, David Graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in the realm of possibility: anarchist anthropology. -- Publisher description
Lost people : magic and the legacy of slavery in Madagascar by David Graeber( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Betafo, a rural community in central Madagascar, is divided between the descendants of nobles and descendants of slaves. Anthropologist David Graeber arrived for fieldwork at the height of tensions attributed to a disastrous communal ordeal two years earlier. As Graeber uncovers the layers of historical, social, and cultural knowledge required to understand this event, he elaborates a new view of power, inequality, and the political role of narrative. Combining theoretical subtlety, a compelling narrative line, and vividly drawn characters, Lost People is a singular contribution to the anthropology of politics and the literature on ethnographic writing. -- Publisher description
Direct action : an ethnography by David Graeber( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. 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 anthropologyʹs political implications
Possibilities : essays on hierarchy, rebellion, and desire by David Graeber( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Constituent imagination : militant investigations//collective theorization( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schulden : die ersten 5000 Jahre by David Graeber( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in German and Undetermined and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seit der Erfindung des Kredits vor 5000 Jahren treibt das Versprechen auf Rückzahlung Menschen in die Sklaverei. Die Geschichte der Menschheit erzählt David Graeber als eine Geschichte der Schulden: eines moralischen Prinzips, das nur die Macht der Herrschenden stützt. Damit durchbricht er die Logik des Kapitalismus und befreit unser Denken vom Primat der Ökonomie
Capitalism( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Capitalism has been the engine of unprecedented economic growth and social transformation. But how much do we understand about how it originated, and what makes it work? Capitalism is an ambitious but accessible six-part series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world. Featuring interviews with some of the world's great historians, economists, anthropologists, and social critics, Capitalism questions the myth of the unfettered free market, explores the nature of debt and commodities, and retraces some of the great economic debates of the last 200 years."--Container
Revolution in Rojava : democratic autonomy and women's liberation in Syrian Kurdistan by Michael Knapp( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surrounded by enemies including ISIS and hostile Turkish forces, the people in Syria's Rojava region are carving out one of the most radically progressive societies on the planet. Visitors have been astounded by the success of their project, a communally organised democracy which considers women's equality indispensable, has a deep-reaching ecological policies, and rejects reactionary nationalist ideology. This form of organization, labeled democratic confederalism, is both fiercely anti-capitalist and boasts a self-defense capacity which is keeping ISIS from their gates. Drawing on their own firsthand experiences of working and fighting in the region, the authors provide the first detailed account of a revolutionary experiment and a new vision of politics and society in the Middle East and beyond"--Back cover
Debt : the first 5,000 years by David Graeber( )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before there was money, there was debt Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems-to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There's not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods-that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption") derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history-as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy
Bürokratie : die Utopie der Regeln by David Graeber( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in German and Undetermined and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wir alle hassen Bürokraten. Wir alle können es nicht fassen, dass wir einen Grossteil unserer Lebenszeit damit verbringen müssen, Formulare auszufüllen. Doch zugleich nährt der Glaube an die Bürokratie unsere Hoffnung auf Effizienz, Transparenz und Gerechtigkeit. Gerade im digitalen Zeitalter wächst die Sehnsucht nach Ordnung und im gleichen Masse nimmt die Macht der Bürokraten über jeden Einzelnen von uns zu. Dabei machen sie unsere Gesellschaften keineswegs transparent und effizient, sondern dienen mittlerweile elitären Gruppeninteressen. Denn Kapitalismus und Bürokratie sind einen verhängnisvollen Pakt eingegangen und könnten die Welt in den Abgrund reissen. (Quelle: Buchumschlag)
Inside Occupy by David Graeber( Book )

9 editions published in 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mit dem Aufruf: "Occupy Wall Street" besetzt im September 2011 eine Gruppe von Aktivisten den Zuccotti-Park im New Yorker Finanzdistrikt um friedlich gegen Finanzmärkte und Banken sowie die Untätigkeit der Politik zu demonstrieren. Binnen kürzester Zeit mobilisiert die Bewegung hunderttausende Menschen rund um den Globus, kreuz und quer durch alle Bevölkerungsschichten. Sie alle eint die Empörung über ein System das jene, die sich an die gesellschaftlichen Spielregeln halten, im Stich lässt und Vermögen ungerecht verteilt, zugunsten einer kleinen Elite. Als Anthropologe und Vordenker hat David Graeber der Occupy-Bewegung intellektuellen Tiefgang verliehen. Mit seinem Buch bietet er nun auf rund 160 Seiten einzigartige Einblicke in das Zentrum der größten Protestbewegung seit Jahrzehnten. Er berichtet, wie sie sich formierte und welche Ziele sie verfolgt. Graeber legt außerdem die Prinzipien von Protesten dar und zeigt konkret, was jeder Einzelne politisch verändern kann
Revolutions in reverse by David Graeber( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Capitalism as we know it appears to be coming apart. But as financial institutions stagger and crumble, there is no obvious alternative. There is good reason to believe that, in a generation or so, capitalism will no longer exist: for the simple reason that it's impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual growth forever on a finite planet. Yet faced with this prospect, the knee-jerk reaction is often to cling to what exists because they simply can't imagine an alternative that wouldn't be even more oppressive and destructive. The political imagination seems to have reached an impasse. Or has it? In this collection of essays David Graeber explores a wide-ranging set of topics including political strategy, global trade, debt, imagination, violence, aesthetics, alienation, and creativity. Written in the wake of the anti-globalization movement and the rise of the war on terror, these essays survey the political landscape for signs of hope in unexpected places"--Page 4 of cover
Revolution oder Evolution Das Ende des Kapitalismus? by Tomáš Sedláček( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in German and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Bestsellerautoren Tomás Sedlácek und David Graeber debattieren über Alternativen zum Kapitalismus. Soziale Ungerechtigkeit, Naturzerstörung sowie die Schulden- und Finanzkrise lassen zweifeln, ob die Marktwirtschaft die richtige Lösung für die Probleme unserer Zeit ist. Der Bestsellerautor Tomás Sedlácek ("Die Ökonomie von Gut und Böse") bricht dennoch eine Lanze für den Kapitalismus: Er ist das beste Wirtschaftssystem, das wir kennen. Aber er muss von Grund auf reformiert werden. David Graeber ("Schulden: Die ersten 5000 Jahre") hält dagegen: Der Kapitalismus ist nicht mehr reformierbar, er gehört abgeschafft. Unsere Wirtschaft braucht ein anderes, gerechteres System. Die Stars der Kapitalismuskritik treffen aufeinander und beziehen pointiert Stellung
Die falsche Münze unserer Träume : Wert, TauschundmenschlichesHandeln( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Des fins du capitalisme : possibilités by David Graeber( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in French and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couv.: Comment le capitalisme a-t-il fini par imposer son mode de vie au point de paraître naturel? Peut-on décrire ses fins? Peut-on penser sa fin? Pour répondre, un homme se dresse, irréductible et inventif. Son objectif: ouvrir les possibles de la pensée et de l'action pour démasquer les fins du capitalisme. Son arme: l'anthropologie comparée. son style: l'étude archéologique. Le capitalisme n'est pas une évolution indépassable. En quatre essais novateurs qui se lisent comme des aventures, David Graeber reconsidère ses fondements et élargit nos horizons. Que se passerait-il si la hiérarchie n'avait rien d'une structure nécessaire à la vie sociale? Si le travail salarié était l'héritier direct de l'esclavage? Si la notion de "consommation" exprimait un idéal de destruction? Et si le fétichisme était plus fort et plus rigide dans le capitalisme que dans les sociétés dites primitives? Graeber interroge, excite, provoque, laissant le lecteur face à une question: comment, aujourd'hui, retrouver le sens des possibles?
On kings by David Graeber( Book )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Debt : the first 5,000 years
Alternative Names
David Graeber Amerikaans antropoloog

David Graeber amerikanischer Ethnologe und Anarchist

David Graeber anthropologue

David Graeber antropologo, anarchico e attivista statunitense

David Graeber usona antropologo kaj anarkiisto

Graeber, David

Грэбер, Дэвид

Девід Гребер

Дейвид Грейбър

그레이버, 데이비드 1961-

グレーバー, デヴィッド

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Toward an anthropological theory of value : the false coin of our own dreamsFragments of an anarchist anthropologyLost people : magic and the legacy of slavery in MadagascarDirect action : an ethnographyPossibilities : essays on hierarchy, rebellion, and desireConstituent imagination : militant investigations//collective theorization