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The Democracy Project - A History, a Crisis, a Movement (Paperback): David Graeber The Democracy Project - A History, a Crisis, a Movement (Paperback)
David Graeber 1
R234 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R73 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From their earliest meetings, activist David Graeber knew that the Occupy Wall Street movement was something different. From small beginnings its demonstrations spread across the world to cities like Cairo, Athens, Barcelona and London and gave a glimpse of a new way. This provocative look at the actions of the 99% asks: why was it so effective? What went right? And what can we all do now to make our world democratic once again? Both a treatise on power and protest and an energetic account of contemporary events, The Democracy Project will change the way you think about politics, and the world.

Bullshit Jobs - The Rise of Pointless Work, and What We Can Do About It (Paperback): David Graeber Bullshit Jobs - The Rise of Pointless Work, and What We Can Do About It (Paperback)
David Graeber 1
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Spectacular and terrifyingly true' - Owen Jones

'Thought-provoking and funny' - The Times

Be honest: if your job didn't exist, would anybody miss it? Have you ever wondered why not? Up to 40% of us secretly believe our jobs probably aren't necessary. In other words: they are bullshit jobs. This book shows why, and what we can do about it.

In the early twentieth century, people prophesied that technology would see us all working fifteen-hour weeks and driving flying cars. Instead, something curious happened. Not only have the flying cars not materialised, but average working hours have increased rather than decreased. And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services, finance or admin: jobs that don't seem to contribute anything to society. In Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber explores how this phenomenon - one more associated with the Soviet Union, but which capitalism was supposed to eliminate - has happened. In doing so, he looks at how, rather than producing anything, work has become an end in itself; the way such work maintains the current broken system of finance capital; and, finally, how we can get out of it.

This book is for anyone whose heart has sunk at the sight of a whiteboard, who believes 'workshops' should only be for making things, or who just suspects that there might be a better way to run our world.

Bullshit Jobs - A Theory (Paperback): David Graeber Bullshit Jobs - A Theory (Paperback)
David Graeber
R326 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
On Kings (Paperback): Marshall Sahlins, David Graeber On Kings (Paperback)
Marshall Sahlins, David Graeber
R706 R509 Discovery Miles 5 090 Save R197 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In anthropology as much as in popular imagination, kings are figures of fascination and intrigue, heroes or tyrants in ways presidents and prime ministers can never be. This collection of essays by two of the world's most distinguished anthropologists--David Graeber and Marshall Sahlins--explores what kingship actually is, historically and anthropologically. As they show, kings are symbols for more than just sovereignty: indeed, the study of kingship offers a unique window into fundamental dilemmas concerning the very nature of power, meaning, and the human condition. Reflecting on issues such as temporality, alterity, and utopia--not to mention the divine, the strange, the numinous, and the bestial--Graeber and Sahlins explore the role of kings as they have existed around the world, from the BaKongo to the Aztec to the Shilluk and beyond. Richly delivered with the wit and sharp analysis characteristic of Graeber and Sahlins, this book opens up new avenues for the anthropological study of this fascinating and ubiquitous political figure.

Bullshit Jobs - A Theory (Hardcover): David Graeber Bullshit Jobs - A Theory (Hardcover)
David Graeber
R522 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R110 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Debt - The First 5000 Years (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): David Graeber Debt - The First 5000 Years (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
David Graeber
R492 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R172 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

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.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology (Paperback, 2nd ed.): David Graeber Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
David Graeber
R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

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.

The Utopia Of Rules - On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy (Paperback): David Graeber The Utopia Of Rules - On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy (Paperback)
David Graeber 1
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The Utopia Of Rules - On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy (Paperback): David Graeber The Utopia Of Rules - On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy (Paperback)
David Graeber
R416 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R143 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Why Work?: Arguments for the Leisure Society 2016 (Paperback): Peter Kropotkin, David Graeber Why Work?: Arguments for the Leisure Society 2016 (Paperback)
Peter Kropotkin, David Graeber
R310 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R20 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Revolutions In Reverse: Essays On Politics, Violence, Art, And Imagination (Paperback): David Graeber Revolutions In Reverse: Essays On Politics, Violence, Art, And Imagination (Paperback)
David Graeber
R296 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R71 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Today's capitalist systems appear to be coming apart - but what is the alternative? In a generation or so, capitalism may no longer exist as it's impossible to maintain perpetual growth on a finite planet. David Graeber explores political strategy, global trade, violence, alienation and creativity looking for a new common sense.

Hierarchy and Value - Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order (Paperback): Naomi Haynes, Jason Hickel Hierarchy and Value - Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order (Paperback)
Naomi Haynes, Jason Hickel; Afterword by David Graeber
R430 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R27 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Globalization promised to bring about a golden age of liberal individualism, breaking down hierarchies of kinship, caste, and gender around the world and freeing people to express their true, authentic agency. But in some places globalization has spurred the emergence of new forms of hierarchy-or the reemergence of old forms-as people try to reconstitute an imagined past of stable moral order. This is evident from the Islamic revival in the Middle East to visions of the 1950s family among conservatives in the United States. Why does this happen and how do we make sense of this phenomenon? Why do some communities see hierarchy as desireable? In this book, leading anthropologists draw on insightful ethnographic case studies from around the world to address these trends. Together, they develop a theory of hierarchy that treats it both as a relational form and a framework for organizing ideas about the social good.

Lost People - Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar (Paperback): David Graeber Lost People - Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar (Paperback)
David Graeber
R588 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R82 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

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.

Bullshit Jobs - A Theory (Standard format, CD): David Graeber Bullshit Jobs - A Theory (Standard format, CD)
David Graeber; Read by Christopher Ragland
R820 R717 Discovery Miles 7 170 Save R103 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Utopia Of Rules - On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy (Hardcover): David Graeber The Utopia Of Rules - On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy (Hardcover)
David Graeber
R567 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R215 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A follow-up to David Graeber's "Debt: The First 5,000 Years," which has sold 100,000 copies for Melville House and been published in 26 foreign editions
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?
To answer these questions, anthropologist David Graeber--one of the most prominent and provocative thinkers working today--takes a journey through ancient and modern history to trace the peculiar and fascinating evolution of bureaucracy over the ages.
He starts in the ancient world, looking at how early civilizations were organized and what traces early bureaucratic systems have left in the ethnographic literature. He then jets forward to the nineteenth century, where systems we can easily recognize as modern bureaucracies come into being. In some areas of life--like with the modern postal systems of Germany and France--these bureaucracies have brought tremendous efficiencies to modern life. But Graeber argues that there is a much darker side to modern bureaucracy that is rarely ever discussed. Indeed, in our own "utopia of rules," freedom and technological innovation are often the casualties of systems that we only faintly understand.
Provocative and timely, the book is a powerful look and history of bureaucracy over the ages and its power in shaping the world of ideas.

Civilization - The Age of Masked Gods and Disguised Kings (Hardcover): Abdullah Ocalan Civilization - The Age of Masked Gods and Disguised Kings (Hardcover)
Abdullah Ocalan; Translated by Havin Guneser; Preface by David Graeber
R1,013 R940 Discovery Miles 9 400 Save R73 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization, Volume 1 - Civilization: the Age of Masked Gods and Disguised Kings (Paperback):... Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization, Volume 1 - Civilization: the Age of Masked Gods and Disguised Kings (Paperback)
Abdullah Ocalan; Translated by Havin Guneser; Preface by David Graeber
R437 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R70 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This manifesto is the definitive work of Abdullah Ocalan, crucial for understanding the Kurdish revolution. Here Ocalan outlines a democratic alternative for the Middle East. A criticism that limits itself to capitalism is too superficial, Ocalan argues, and turns his eyes to the underlying structures of civilization. Rethinking the methods of understanding culture, politics, and society, he provides the tools for what he calls a sociology of freedom. In this work, Abdullah Ocalan distills 35 years of revolutionary theory and praxis and 10 years of solitary confinement in Turkish prisons. These reflections represent the essence of his ideas on society, knowledge, and power."

Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value - The False Coin of Our Own Dreams (Paperback, 2001 Ed.): David Graeber Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value - The False Coin of Our Own Dreams (Paperback, 2001 Ed.)
David Graeber
R927 Discovery Miles 9 270 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

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.

Hierarchy and Value - Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order (Hardcover): Naomi Haynes, Jason Hickel Hierarchy and Value - Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order (Hardcover)
Naomi Haynes, Jason Hickel; Afterword by David Graeber
R1,480 R1,322 Discovery Miles 13 220 Save R158 (11%) Special order

Globalization promised to bring about a golden age of liberal individualism, breaking down hierarchies of kinship, caste, and gender around the world and freeing people to express their true, authentic agency. But in some places globalization has spurred the emergence of new forms of hierarchy-or the reemergence of old forms-as people try to reconstitute an imagined past of stable moral order. This is evident from the Islamic revival in the Middle East to visions of the 1950s family among conservatives in the United States. Why does this happen and how do we make sense of this phenomenon? Why do some communities see hierarchy as desireable? In this book, leading anthropologists draw on insightful ethnographic case studies from around the world to address these trends. Together, they develop a theory of hierarchy that treats it both as a relational form and a framework for organizing ideas about the social good.

Ancestors, Power and History in Madagascar (Hardcover): Maurice Bloch, Jennifer Cole, Sandra Evers, David Graeber, Michael... Ancestors, Power and History in Madagascar (Hardcover)
Maurice Bloch, Jennifer Cole, Sandra Evers, David Graeber, Michael Lambek, …
R2,763 Discovery Miles 27 630 Special order

The peoples of Madagascar are renowned for the prominence they give to the dead. In this edited volume, regional specialists reassess the significance of ancestors for changing relations of power, emerging identities, and local historical consciousness.
Case-studies include The Royal Bath of 1817 (Pier Larson), Succession in an Urbanized Sakalava Kingdom (Lesley Sharp), The Antankarala Ritual Cycle (Michael Lambek, Andrew Walsh), Nineteenth-Century Norwegian Missionary Culture (Karina Hestad Skeie), Sacrifice on the East Coast (Jennifer Cole), Violence among the Zafimaniry (Maurice Bloch), and Circumcision and Colonialism in the South (Karen Middleton).
Three further chapters present original research on slavery, memory, and cultural politics in the Highlands (Sandra Evers, David Graeber, Frangoise Raison-Jourde). Diversity and complexity make this volume a valuable addition to the literature on ritual and religion.

Debt Lib/E - The First 5,000 Years (Standard format, CD): David Graeber Debt Lib/E - The First 5,000 Years (Standard format, CD)
David Graeber; Read by Grover Gardner
R1,819 R1,238 Discovery Miles 12 380 Save R581 (32%) Special order
Debt - The First 5,000 Years (Standard format, CD): David Graeber Debt - The First 5,000 Years (Standard format, CD)
David Graeber; Read by Grover Gardner
R915 R798 Discovery Miles 7 980 Save R117 (13%) Special order
Bullshit Jobs - A Theory (Standard format, CD): David Graeber Bullshit Jobs - A Theory (Standard format, CD)
David Graeber; Read by Christopher Ragland
R1,106 R767 Discovery Miles 7 670 Save R339 (31%) Special order
The Debt Resisters' Operations Manual (Paperback): Andrew Ross, David Graeber, George Caffentzis The Debt Resisters' Operations Manual (Paperback)
Andrew Ross, David Graeber, George Caffentzis
R319 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R24 (8%) Special order

Over the last 30 years, wages have stagnated and average household debt has more than doubled. People are forced to take on debt to meet their everyday needs like housing and education, leading to devastated communities and an increasing reliance on credit to maintain basic living standards. This system enriches the lives of few at the expense of many. 'The Debt Resisters' Operations Manual' is a handbook for debtors everywhere to understand how the debt system really works, while providing practical tools for fighting debt in its most exploitative forms.

Constituent Imagination - Militant Investigations, Collective Theorization (Paperback): David Graeber, Erika Biddle, Stevphen... Constituent Imagination - Militant Investigations, Collective Theorization (Paperback)
David Graeber, Erika Biddle, Stevphen Shukaitis
R294 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R50 (17%) Special order

The 20 essays in this book cover a broad range: embedded intellectuals in increasingly corporatised universities, research projects in which factory workers and academics work side by side, revolutionary ethnographies of the Global Justice Movement, and meditations on technology from the branches of a Scottish tree-sit.

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