Utopia of Rules

£15.99

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 takes a journey through 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.

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David Graeber’s The Utopia of Rules is an engaging, 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.

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Weight 0.28 kg
Dimensions 21 × 14 × 1.9 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

264

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

351.09 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K