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

Melville House - From the author of the international bestseller debt: the first 5, 000 years comes a revelatory account of the way bureaucracy rules our lives   where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? And is it really a cipher for state violence?   To answer these questions, the anthropologist David Graeber—one of our most important and provocative thinkers—traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today, and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice…though he also suggests that there may be something perversely appealing—even romantic—about bureaucracy.

. An essential book for our times, perhaps, freer world we should,  The Utopia of Rules is sure to start a million conversations about the institutions that rule over us—and the better, begin to imagine for ourselves. Melville House Ltd. Leaping from the ascendance of right-wing economics to the hidden meanings behind Sherlock Holmes and Batman, The Utopia of Rules is at once a powerful work of social theory in the tradition of Foucault and Marx, and an entertaining reckoning with popular culture that calls to mind Slavoj Zizek at his most accessible.





Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

Simon & Schuster - After a million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer. Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln.

From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences. Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory - It went viral. Bullshit jobs gives individuals, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, corporations, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation. There are millions of people—hr consultants, corporate lawyers—whose jobs are useless, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, and, tragically, they know it.

. These people are caught in bullshit jobs.





Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years

Melville House - Thought-provoking.  .  . He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion words like “guilt, ” “sin, ” and “redemption” derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. Now in paperback, the updated and expanded edition : David Graeber’s “fresh.

 .  . Fascinating.  .  . We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. It is in this era, graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections.

Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years - And exceedingly timely” financial times history of debt   Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. Melville House Publishing. For more than 5, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, 000 years, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash.





Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology Paradigm

Prickly Paradigm Press - Prickly Paradigm Press. Here, david graeber invites readers to imagine this discipline that currently only exists in the realm of possibility: anarchist anthropology. Melville House Publishing. Anarchists repeatedly appeal to anthropologists for ideas about how society might be reorganized on a more egalitarian, less alienating basis.

Anthropologists, terrified of being accused of romanticism, respond with silence. Everywhere anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy—everywhere, that is, except the academy. But what if they didn't?this pamphlet ponders what that response would be, and explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism.





Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire

AK Press - While anarchists and other visionaries have turned to anthropology for ideas and inspiration, anthropologists are reluctant to enter into serious dialogue. David Graeber is not. These essays, show how scholarly concerns can be of use to radical social movements, spanning almost twenty years, and how the perspectives of such movements shed new light on debates within the academy.

Melville House Publishing. But they’re linked by a clear purpose: to explore the nature of social power and the forms that resistance to it have taken, or might take in the future. Anarchism is currently undergoing a worldwide revival, in many ways replacing Marxism as the theoretical and moral center of new revolutionary social movements.

Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire - Prickly Paradigm Press. If anthropology consists of making the apparently wild thought of others logically compelling in their own cultural settings and intellectually revealing of the human condition, then David Graeber is the consummate anthropologist. Not only does he accomplish this profound feat, he redoubles it by the critical task—now more urgent than ever—of making the possibilities of other people’s worlds the basis for understanding our own.

Marshall sahlins, university of chicago“Graeber’s ideas are rich and wide-ranging; he pushes us to expand the boundaries of what we admit to be possible, or even thinkable. Steven shaviro, wayne state universityIn this new collection, David Graeber revisits questions raised in his popular book, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology.

It has, however, left little mark on the academy.





Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do And Why They Do It Basic Books Classics

Basic Books - Wilson examines a wide range of bureaucracies, the fbi, the fcc, including the US Army, and the Social Security Administration, in-depth analysis of what government agencies do, providing the first comprehensive, the CIA, why they operate the way they do, and how they might become more responsible and effective.

Wilson the economistIn Bureaucracy, the distinguished scholar James Q. 100% satisfaction is Guaranteed! For all our books; cargo will be delivered in the required time. Prickly Paradigm Press. Melville House Publishing. The classic book on the way american government agencies work and how they can be made to work better -- the "masterwork" of political scientist James Q.

Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do And Why They Do It Basic Books Classics - It is the essential guide to understanding how American government works.





Street-Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Service, 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition

Russell Sage Foundation - Street-level bureaucrats—from teachers and police officers to social workers and legal-aid lawyers—interact directly with the public and so represent the frontlines of government policy. This seminal, award-winning study tells a cautionary tale of how decisions made by overburdened workers translate into ad-hoc policy adaptations that impact peoples' lives and life opportunities.

Instead, screening applicants for qualities their organizations favor, they are forced to adopt practices such as rationing resources, "rubberstamping" applications, and routinizing client interactions by imposing the uniformities of mass processing on situations requiring human responsiveness. In street-level bureaucracy, ambiguous agency goals, Lipsky argues that these relatively low-level public service employees labor under huge caseloads, and inadequate resources.

Street-Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Service, 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition - Three decades later, the need to bolster the availability and effectiveness of healthcare, social services, education, and law enforcement is as urgent as ever. Prickly Paradigm Press. This expanded edition of street-Level Bureaucracy underscores that, despite its challenging nature, street-level work can be made to conform to higher expectations of public service.

Lipsky maintains, however, that these problems are not insurmountable. Occasionally, such strategies work out in favor of the client. But the cumulative effect of street-level decisions made on the basis of routines and simplifications about clients can reroute the intended direction of policy, undermining citizens' expectations of evenhanded treatment.

Despite the difficulties of managing these front-line workers, he shows how street-level bureaucracies can be and regularly are brought into line with public purposes.





Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

Zero Books - 100% satisfaction is Guaranteed! After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system - a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded. Melville House Publishing. The book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework.

. Prickly Paradigm Press. For all our books; cargo will be delivered in the required time. Using examples from politics, films, fiction, work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience. Zero Books. Used book in Good Condition. But it will also show that, because of a number of inconsistencies and glitches internal to the capitalist reality program capitalism in fact is anything but realistic.





Direct Action: An Ethnography

AK Press - Written in a clear, accessible style with a minimum of academic jargon, this study brings readers behind the scenes of a movement that has changed the terms of debate about world power relations. 100% satisfaction is Guaranteed! Starting from the assumption that, “objective” perspective is impossible, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, Graeber writes as both scholar and activist.

Prickly Paradigm Press. Zero Books. Anthropologist david Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. Active in numerous direct-action political organizations, he has written for Harper’s Magazine and is the author of Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, and Possibilities.

Direct Action: An Ethnography - In oakland, california on march 24, 2015 a fire destroyed the AK Press warehouse along with several other businesses. Please consider visiting the AK Press website to learn more about the fundraiser to help them and their neighbors. At the same time, his experiment in the application of ethnographic methods to important ongoing political events is a serious and unique contribution to the field of anthropology, as well as an inquiry into anthropology’s political implications.

David graeber is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at the University of London. Used book in Good Condition.





On Anarchism

The New Press - New Press. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. The collection includes a revealing new introduction by journalist Nathan Schneider, who documented the Occupy movement for Harper's and The Nation, and who places Chomsky's ideas in the contemporary political moment. Prickly Paradigm Press.

Moreover, evolving tradition that is situated in a historical lineage; Chomsky's anarchism emphasizes the power of collective, it is a living, rather than individualist, action. On anarchism provides the reasoning behind Noam Chomsky's fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power.

On Anarchism - 100% satisfaction is Guaranteed! In these essays, chomsky redeems one of the most maligned ideologies, anarchism, and places it at the foundation of his political thinking. For all our books; cargo will be delivered in the required time. Melville House Publishing. Zero Books. Chomsky's anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian.

On anarchism will be essential reading for a new generation of activists who are at the forefront of a resurgence of interest in anarchism—and for anyone who struggles with what can be done to create a more just world.





Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination

Autonomedia - In this volume graeber draws from the realms of politics, art, and the imagination to start this conversation and to suggest that that the task might not be nearly so daunting as we d be given to imagine. Zero Books. Used book in Good Condition. Prickly Paradigm Press. Melville House Publishing. The political imagination seems to have reached an impasse.

At a moment when the old assumption about politics and power have been irrefutably broken the only real choice is to begin again: to create a new language, a new common sense, about what people basically are and what it is reasonable for them to expect from the world, and from each other. Or has it? in this collection of essays david Graeber explores a wide-ranging set of topics including political strategy, imagination, global trade, alienation, violence, aesthetics, debt, and creativity.

Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination - New Press. But as financial institutions stagger and crumble, there is no obvious alternative. Used book in Good Condition. Capitalism as we know it appears to be coming apart. Yet faced with this prospect, the knee-jerk reaction is often to cling to what exists because they simply can t imagine an alternative that wouldn t be even more oppressive and destructive.

There is good reason to believe that, in a generation or so, capitalism will no longer exist: for the simple reason that it s impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual growth forever on a finite planet.