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Department of Anthropology
Goldsmiths, University of London
David Graeber's original research project focused on relations between former nobles and former slaves in a rural community in Madagascar; it was about magic as a tool of politics, about the nature of power, character, and the meaning of history. He has also worked extensively on value theory, and has recently completed a major research project on social movements dedicated to principles of direct democracy, direct action, and has written widely on the relation (real and potential) of anthropology and anarchism. He is currently also working on a project on the history of debt.
In this first in the Made In Goldsmiths podcast series, David Graeber discusses his best-selling book; Debt, the first 5,000 Years with New Statesman economics writer Alex Hern. Listen to the recording here.
Dr David Graeber convenes the BA in Anthropology and Sociology
He teaches the following courses:
Current MPhil/ PhD students supervised:
Luna Glucksberg, Alternative consumption in conventional settings. An anthropological approach
Stephanie Grohman, Not buying it: Urban survival, resistance and the gendered politics of value
2011 Debt: The First 5000 Years. Brooklyn, N.Y: Melville House
2009 Direct action: an ethnography. Edinburgh Oakland: AK Press
2007 Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar, Indiana University Press
2005 'Fetishism and Social Creativity, or Fetishes are Gods in Process of Construction' in Anthropological Theory 5(4), pp. 407-438
2005 'La democratie des insterstices', in Revue du MAUSS Semestrielle 26
2001 Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams, Palgrave.
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK
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