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On transparency, leadership, and participation

Graeber, David (2012) On transparency, leadership, and participation. Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy (3). pp. 20-21.

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One of the most common objections to horizontal organization is that some sort of informal leadership will inevitably emerge. Some people have more time, energy, experience, resources, charisma, or, just care more about a project and will thus end up becoming more central to the group; they will inevitably begin coordinating with other more active members and a de facto leadership role. As Jo Freeman pointed out in her famous essay “The Tyranny of Structurelessness”, this is precisely what happened with the consciousness raising circles of early feminism as soon as they grew to more than a dozen people: they became dominated by small cliques, de facto leadership structures.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Occupy Theory
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2013 10:15
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2021 23:10

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