David Graeber Published Works

Toward an anthropological theory of value: the false coin of our own dreams. New York: Palgrave. (2001)
Fragments of an anarchist anthropology. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press (distributed by University of Chicago Press). (2004)
Lost people: magic and the legacy of slavery in Madagascar. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. (2007)
Possibilities: essays on hierarchy, rebellion, and desire. Oakland, CA: AK Press. (2007)
Direct action: an ethnography. Edinburgh Oakland: AK Press. (2009)
Debt: the first 5,000 years. Brooklyn, N.Y: Melville House. (2011)
Revolutions in reverse. London New York: Minor Compositions. (2011)
Constituent imagination: militant investigations/collective theorization. Oakland, CA: AK Press. (co-editor, 2007)

Selection of Articles

“Rebel Without A God”
“Give it Away
“The New Anarchists”
“The Twilight of Vanguardism”
“Anarchism in the 21st Century”
On the phenomenology of giant puppets: broken windows, imaginary jars of urine, and the cosmological role of the police in American culture”
“Transformation of Slavery Turning Modes of Production Inside Out: Or, Why Capitalism is a Transformation of Slavery”
“Army of Altruists”
“The Shock of Victory”
“Revolution in Reverse”
The Sadness of Post-Workerism, or, “Art and Immaterial Labour” Conference: a Sort of Review”
Hope in Common.”
“Debt: The First Five Thousand Years”
“Against Kamikaze Capitalism: Oil, Climate Change and the French refinery blockades”
“To Have is to Owe”

Debt: the first 5,000 years
“Before there was money, there was debt Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems-to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods-that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. 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. 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.”