Direct Action: An Ethnography
Anthropologist David Graeber has the best job ever, I'm convinced: He participates in and observes social justice activist movements, and writes about them in a way that scholars find respectable and regular folks like us can actually understand. Direct Action is the result of his immersion in the organizing and lead-up to the 2001 protests against the Summit of the Americas in Québec City. A practical and vivid picture of the social and cultural workings of a radical movement, with all its warts and glories. If you want to see the world in a different way, and if you're interested in figuring out how to function within and maybe even help shift the culture of activism, this is heady, valuable reading.
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