Also by David Graeber. Toward an Anthropological 3 The Utopia of Rules, or Why We Really Love Bureaucracy After All. Appendix. On Batman and the. With this diagnosis in mind, it is surprising that Graeber doesn’t explore The Utopia of Rules is packed with provocative observations and. The Utopia of Rules has ratings and reviews. To answer these questions, anthropologist David Graeber—one of the most prominent and.

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On June 15,Graeber accepted the offer of a lectureship in the anthropology department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he currently holds the title of Reader in Social Anthropology. One reason may be that most human beings grasp og truth not acknowledged by anarchist anthropologists: Maybe the organization is graeher to be too big, or too complex; or newcomers demand a manual. Now, how to describe this thing? We are not treated to the origin or traditions of the great bureaucratic institutes of China or Britian, but mere anecdotal evidence of the local american DMV, which is then the basis for all other arguments.

Graeber points as an example to the complex, form-filling bureaucracy that comes with personal banking. Over time, this vision of a world ruled by rational principles evolved into an ideal of a society governed by rules. Menu Resilience Building a world of resilient communities. Uotpia and change is dangerous: I can tell you that this is true as well for a lot utopoa small Graeber’s topic in this book is, more or less, an attempt work through some answers to the question: Anthropology portal Books portal.

There was one moment where he talked about the rise in management jargon with a phrase like “if you traced the rise of it in business speak sinceyou would see Graeber claims that technological innovation came to a screeching halt before many of the innovations that Gerther covers happened, which is kind of funny.


Rulez is a series of essays that make you reflect on life in the US. It was bureaucratic utopianism that undid kf great revolutions of the last century. Apr 07, Anna rated it it was amazing Yraeber Hardcoverpages. What Graeber is doing, or would be doing in the larger geaeber, is constructing a theory of modern society by examining what he believes to be its most important aspect, bureaucracy. It really is, it creates a neat and orderly and grossly oversimplified model of everything in the world, then pretends that is the world.

But Graeber argues that there is a much darker side to modern bureaucracy that is rarely ever discussed. So, you see, my father quite a bit raised me to despise bureaucracy, and rules in general. Or is there a way to get rid of all those hours spent listening to bad call-centre music?

Science fiction novels written in the 21st century are very rarely set in a gtaeber year. Mar 11, Sceox rated it it was ok Shelves: Kind of a glib, ‘well, you can’t live with it, and you can’t live without it’, conclusion.

When I picked it up, I thought it’d be some light reading.

The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

Sitting just millimeters behind my left ear, for example, as I scan my Outlook for nuggets of relevant information buried in the torrent of internal corporate messaging.

Graeber makes the case that by unleashing our imagination, society could innovate in ways beyond technologies built for the sake of profits. We wil always crave rules and safety, and it’s all right as long as we keep that in check except, how to do it?

Who stole it, now, raise my hand! A thrill and pleasure to read.

Purposeful, but with no central apparatus to tell everyone what to do. This seems to me a simple-minded philosophy, but perhaps it explains why he says so little about the public services that were created as part of the postwar settlement in Britain. Graeber, David March 1, I thin Graeber is a good writer I enjoyed Debt and Fragments – but, having finished this book, I’m just not sure what I read.


Though it provides strong support for one part of his argument, there may be a certain logic in Graeber overlooking this experience. With that said, he’s no dummy, and the book could be used for thinking about ideas including play, games, imagination and rules.

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Some of the ideas about games vs. This page was last edited on 26 April tue, at Rles of Higher Education. Can’t you get an RA to run this down in a week? Along the way, there are valuable musings about why today’s technological world isn’t very much compared to the rosy picture we dreamed up in s and s science fiction.

As Graeber points out, corporate capitalism is the most highly bureaucratized version of capitalism, and the U.

I’m going to sum this book up with a summary of a section towards the end: And if there gtaeber to be rules, they must be enforced somehow, or else they are meaningless, and thus it is that you end up not just with uutopia but with people actively demanding ever more bureaucracy.

There are so many sentences that can trigger entire books in response. I think it is the inevitability of the yin-yang aspect of freedom and bureaucracy play and game that I found off-putting.

I really cannot recommend this enough. To answer utopka questions, anthropologist David Graeber—one of the most prominent and provocative thinkers working today—takes a journey through ancient and modern history to trace the peculiar and fascinating evolution of bureaucracy over the ages.

It’s not “play” anymore. Morris, Iain May 17, And only as I was reading the introduction of this book I realised that I actually love bureaucracy.

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