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David Graeber is the author of Uprisings (2020) and The Mythology in Our Language (2017).

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Uprisings

release date: Sep 01, 2020
Uprisings
In recent and ongoing uprisings all around the world, from Santiago to Hong Kong, many of the protesters'' aims have been consistent: justice, an end to political corruption, and a return to principles of collective good. Yet there are also specific and diverse struggles such as demands for direct democracy (as in France), the rejection of ethnic or sectarian identities (Iraq and Lebanon), and the fate of the planet itself. Uprisings provides one way to find a common thread in all this by examining the similarities and differences among a full range of rebellions in the past, from slave revolts in ancient Egypt to the fall of the Berlin Wall to the the women''s revolution in Rojava, northern Syria. Whereas existing narratives of radical social change have debated the virtues and vices of individual heroes (Jesus, Mandela, Gandhi), Uprisings follows in the footsteps of Howard Zinn, viewing major events as the product of a confluence of efforts by multiple actors, usually from vastly different backgrounds that have tended to be marginalized, their perspectives written out of official history.

The Mythology in Our Language

The Mythology in Our Language
In 1931 Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote his famous Remarks on Frazer''s "Golden Bough.". At that time, anthropology and philosophy were in close contact--continental thinkers drew heavily on anthropology''s theoretical terms, like mana, taboo, and potlatch, in order to help them explore the limits of human belief and imagination. Now the book receives its first translation by an anthropologist, in the hope that it can kick-start a new era of interdisciplinary fertilization. Wittgenstein''s remarks on ritual, magic, religion, belief, ceremony, and Frazer''s own logical presuppositions are as lucid and thought-provoking now as they were in Wittgenstein''s day. Anthropologists find themselves asking many of the same questions as Wittgenstein--and in a reflection of that, this volume is fleshed out with a series of engagements from some of the world''s leading anthropologists, including Veena Das, David Graeber, Wendy James, Heonik Kwon, Michael Lambek, Michael Puett, and Carlo Severi.


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