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Toward an anthropological theory of value: the false coin of our own dreams
This volume 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, inExpand
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Debt: The First 5000 Years
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 problemExpand
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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology
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 beExpand
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The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement
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 theExpand
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It is value that brings universes into being
  • D. Graeber
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
  • 1 June 2013
Any theoretical term is an implicit statement about human nature. Anthropologiststend to be uncomfortable with this fact but it is nonetheless true. Even if one were to make a statement as apparentlyExpand
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Dead zones of the imagination
  • D. Graeber
  • Sociology
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
  • 1 August 2012
The experience of bureaucratic incompetence, confusion, and its ability to cause otherwise intelligent people to behave outright foolishly, opens up a series of questions about the nature of powerExpand
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Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire
In this collection, David Graeber revisits questions raised in his popular book, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Employing an unpretentious style to convey complex ideas, these twelve essaysExpand
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The Weight of the Past: Living with History in Mahajanga, Madagascar (review)
Michael Lambek. The Weight of the Past: Living with History in Mahajanga, Madagascar. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2002. xxi + 319 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $29.95. Paper. The promise ofExpand
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Radical alterity is just another way of saying “reality”
  • D. Graeber
  • Philosophy
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
  • 1 October 2015
As a response to Eduardo Viveiros de Castro’s critique of my essay “Fetishes are gods in the process of construction,” this paper enters into critical engagement with anthropological proponents ofExpand
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Debt: the first five thousand years
Throughout its 5000 year history, debt has always involved institutions −− whether Mesopotamian sacred kingship, Mosaic jubilees, Sharia or Canon Law −− that place controls on debt's potentiallyExpand
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