As If Already Free: Anthropology and Activism After David Graeber (Anthropology, Culture and Society) (Paperback)

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“Contains precious insights into what made David Graeber the most innovative social thinker of our time, and why the legacy of his ideas will inspire projects of emancipation for generations” – David Wengrow, Professor, University College London, co-author with David Graeber of The Dawn of Everything

“A must-read for anyone who believes in the power of academia as activism” – Sophie Chao, University of Sydney

David Graeber (1961–2020) was an American anthropologist and anarchist activist, who left us with new ways to understand humankind. 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 scholars and activists looking to shake things up. The impact of 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 people are continuing to use his work today.

Holly High is an Associate Professor at Deakin University, Australia. She has written two books, Fields of Desire and ProjectlandJoshua O. Reno is a Professor at Binghamton University, US. A socio-cultural anthropologist, he is the author of Waste AwayMilitary Waste and co-author of Imagining the Heartland.

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 AwayMilitary Waste and co-author of Imagining the Heartland. He co-edited the collection Economies of Recycling.

Praise For…


'A fundamental contribution, containing precious insights into what made David Graeber the most innovative social thinker of our time, and why the legacy of his ideas will continue to inspire projects of emancipation, for generations to come.'
David Wengrow, Professor of Comparative Archaeology, University College London, and co-author of The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

'In this stimulating collection of ‘slow cooked’ essays, the editors reflect on the enduring enchantment of David Graeber’s ideas. They remind us that there is always hope in today’s troubled world and that the activist pursuit of hope can be fun as well as rewarding.'
Chris Gregory, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Australian National University

'Uncovers the critical contributions of Graeberian thought to contemporary education, politics, economy, reproduction, and power relations writ small and large. A must-read for anyone who believes in the power of academia as activism.'
Sophie Chao, Environmental anthropologist, University of Sydney

'From Game of Thrones and The Idiots to free birth and megafires in Australia, this book’s writers honour Graeber’s legacy, while revealing their own original voices. Informing, provoking and imagining alternatives, they testify to people’s lives and struggles today. [It] will find a broad readership among thinkers and activists for social and economic justice, along with urgent climate action.'
Lorraine Mortimer, independent Anthropology scholar

'A simultaneously rigorous and personal tribute to a giant in public anthropology and activism … destined to serve as an invitation to further conversation, action, and friendship.'
Hirokazu Miyazaki, Northwestern University


Product Details
ISBN: 9780745348452
ISBN-10: 0745348459
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: October 20th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Anthropology, Culture and Society