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Title:
The utopia of rules : on technology, stupidity, and the secret joys of bureaucracy
Author:
Graeber, David, author.
ISBN:
9781612193748
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Physical Description:
261 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
General Note:
Some chapters previously published in various sources in 2012.
Contents:
Introduction : the iron law of liberalism and the era of total bureaucratization -- Dead zones of the imagination : an essay on structural stupidity -- Of flying cars and the declining rate of profit -- The utopia of rules, or why we really love bureaucracy after all -- Appendix. On Batman and the problem of constituent power.
Abstract:
"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, anthropologist David Graeber ... 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"--Jacket.
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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? To answer these questions, anthropologist David Graeber - one of the most prominent and provocative thinkers working today - takes a journey through ancient and modern history to trace the peculiar and fascinating evolution of bureaucracy over the ages. He starts in the ancient world, looking at how early civilisations were organised and what traces early bureaucratic systems have left in the ethnographic literature.


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Iron Law of Liberalism and the Era of Total Bureaucratizationp. 3
1 Dead Zones of the Imagination: An Essay on Structural Stupidityp. 45
2 Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profitp. 105
3 The Utopia of Rules, or Why We Really Love Bureaucracy After Allp. 149
Appendix: On Batman and the Problem of Constituent Powerp. 207
Notesp. 229