As If Already Free: Anthropology and Activism After David Graeber (Anthropology, Culture and Society) (Paperback)
'A highly original thinker' - New York Times
David Graeber (1961–2020) was an American anthropologist and anarchist activist, who left us with new ways to understand humankind. Graeber's work focused on critiquing the ways in which power and hierarchy shape social and economic systems, and advocating for more equitable and just alternatives. This collection of new writing brings together his insights into one book, showing how deeply his work continues to influence us today.
Graeber’s writing resonates with both scholars and activists looking to shake things up. His work is broad in scope, from birth to banking, and he picks open social hierarchy and political power to expose what really makes human society tick.
In today’s neoliberal world, we can turn to his legacy to provide a way for us to understand what went wrong, and how to fix it. This collection of writings is both an introduction to his life and works, a guide to his key ideas, and an inspiring example of how anthropologists are continuing to use his work today.
About the Author
Holly High is an Associate Professor at Deakin University, Australia. She has written two books, Fields of Desire and Projectland and edited the collection Stone Masters. || Joshua O. Reno is a Professor at Binghamton University, US. A socio-cultural anthropologist, he is the author of Waste Away, Military Waste and co-author of Imagining the Heartland. He co-edited the collection Economies of Recycling.