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Revolution in reverse: or, on the struggle between political ontologies of violence and political ontologies of the imagination

Graeber, David (2007) Revolution in reverse: or, on the struggle between political ontologies of violence and political ontologies of the imagination. Radical Anthropology (1). pp. 4-14. ISSN 1756-0896

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Abstract

"All power to the imagination.” “Be realistic, demand the impossible…” Anyone involved in radical politics has heard these expressions a thousand times. Usually they charm and excite the first time one encounters them, then eventually become so familiar as to seem hackneyed, or just disappear into the ambient background noise of radical life. Rarely if ever are they the object of serious theoretical reflection. It seems to me that at the current historical juncture, some such reflection wouldn’t be a bad idea. We are at a moment, after all, when received definitions have been thrown into disarray. It is quite possible that we are heading for a revolutionary moment, or perhaps a series of them, but we no longer have any clear idea of what that might even mean. This essay then is the product of a sustained effort to try to rethink terms like realism, imagination, alienation, bureaucracy, and revolution itself. It’s born of some six years of involvement with the alternative globalisation movement and particularly with its most radical, anarchist, direct action-oriented elements. Consider it a kind of preliminary theoretical report.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.radicalanthropologygroup.org/new/Journa...
Additional Information: © 2007 Radical Anthropology Group
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 09:14
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 23:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53233

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