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Graeber, David

Works: 163 works in 351 publications in 7 languages and 7,187 library holdings
Genres: History  Essays  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Creator, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: HG3701, 332
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about David Graeber
Most widely held works by David Graeber
Debt : the first 5,000 years by David Graeber( Book )

35 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,576 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 )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world--democracy--and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America. Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution--from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we--average citizens--make change happen? David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today.--From publisher description
Toward an anthropological theory of value : the false coin of our own dreams by David Graeber( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 419 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
The utopia of rules : on technology, stupidity, and the secret joys of bureaucracy by David Graeber( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 347 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
Fragments of an anarchist anthropology by David Graeber( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 344 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 )

12 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 322 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 )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 237 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 )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 188 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 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in German and Undetermined and held by 119 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
Dette : 5000 ans d'histoire by David Graeber( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in French and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'anthropologue remet en perspective l'histoire de la dette depuis 5000 ans. Il démontre que le système de crédit précède la naissance de la monnaie et que la dette a donc toujours structuré les systèmes économiques et les rapports sociaux
Debt : the first 5,000 years by David Graeber( )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 64 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
Revolutions in reverse by David Graeber( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and German and held by 63 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"--P. [4] de la couv
Inside Occupy by David Graeber( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 55 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 gröten Protestbewegung seit Jahrzehnten. Er berichtet, wie sie sich formierte und welche Ziele sie verfolgt. Graeber legt auerdem die Prinzipien von Protesten dar und zeigt konkret, was jeder Einzelne politisch verändern kann
Revolution oder Evolution Das Ende des Kapitalismus? by Tomš Sedlček( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in German and Czech and held by 48 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
The 99% by David Graeber( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 33 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
Des fins du capitalisme : possibilités by David Graeber( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Democracy Project by David Graeber( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the idea of democracy, its current state of crisis, and its potential as a tool for change, sharing historical perspectives on the effectiveness of democratic uprisings in various times and cultures
Frei von Herrschaft : Fragmente einer anarchistischen Anthropologie by David Graeber( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in German and English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anarchistische Welten( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Debt : the first 5,000 years
Alternative Names
David Graeber amerikanischer Ethnologe und Anarchist

David Graeber antropologo, anarchico e attivista statunitense

David Graeber usona antropologo kaj anarkiisto

Graeber, David

Девід Гребер

Дейвид Грейбър

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