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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Graeber is a busy guy, of course, but hopefully this project is somewhere on the back burner.

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I felt a little bit emptied by this book. I feel disappointed, and a little betrayed. Utopi one of the brilliant booksellers at Word Bookstore: Graeber is at pains to point out from the start that we lack suitable language to discuss bureaucracy.

The book centers on the “political implications” of bureaucracies and Graeber’s solutions. Utopis January 24, Sitting just millimeters behind my left ear, for example, as I scan my Outlook for nuggets of relevant information Excellent book! This one made me see the world differently. Rukes process is no less ritualized than any Malagasy funeral, but yet the Western academic tradition seems entirely incapable of understanding bureaucracy: Kindley, Evan May 29, But they were able to enjoy this freedom only because a public space had been created for it by the use of state power.


And only as I was reading the introduction of this book I realised that I actually love bureaucracy.

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

Anthropology portal Books portal. The iron law of liberalism, where deregulation really means more regulation, is evident in the proposed new round of global trade agreements: Retrieved September 6, Sep 16, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it liked it Shelves: Over time, this vision of a world ruled by rational principles evolved into an ideal of a society governed by rules. The result is a demanding, important examination of a subject that bolsters institutional violence, paralyzes the imagination, and, perhaps most alarmingly, silences the types of conversation this book starts.

While his previous excellent Debt: This is a fun read and not what I was expecting. And let’s be clear: Technological innovation, like scientific innovation, tends to happen in spurts or clusters.

Mar 27, Richard rated it it was amazing. This book won me over the moment Graeber asked why he was printing his name where he was asked to sign, and sign where he was asked to print.

According to Graeber, this mode of making your way is playful. Graeber start with the experience of having his stroke-ridden mother declared legally incompetent, disabled, and then dead, and the kafka-esque absurdity of the paperwork.


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

Wow, I have kept this up longer than I expected to. Those in power have the luxury of entirely ignoring the whims of those under them. It certainly has inspired me to take up the assessment movement within colleges.

Nelson, Sarah May 15, This is what happens, Graeber believes, when governments insist on market solutions to every social problem: Gatenby, Mark November Mar 18, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: Graeber confirms that there is bongo playing, but that many other anarchists are annoyed by it, and there exist ways in anarchist practices to at least limit it to certain times.

This is the chorus with graebwr to laugh the trousers off corporate management. I found it smart, easy for theoryand entertaining–everything you might expect given his relative popularity.

As Graeber points out, corporate capitalism is the most highly bureaucratized version of capitalism, and the U. Quotes from The Utopia of Rul I was gripped and absolutely fascinated by this book.