Category Archives: Hierarchy

Self-Organization and The Hierarchy of Institutions

The occupations around the world do not rely on the bureaucratic organizational schemes that Weber described, and they actively fight against the increasing expansion of Ellulian technique. The occupations are self-organizing, they are rhizomatic, and they do not rely on … Continue reading

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Tribes, Institutions, Markets, Networks – A framework about Societal Evolution

What forms account for the organization of societies?  How have people organized their societies across the ages?  The answer may be reduced to four basic forms of organization: the kinship-based tribe, as denoted by the structure of extended families, clans, … Continue reading

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Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire

In this new collection, David Graeber revisits questions raised in his popular book, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Written in an unpretentious style that uses accessible and entertaining language to convey complex theoretical ideas, these twelve essays cover a lot … Continue reading

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Between self-organization and government – a complexity perspective on the rise and fall of the hierarchical state

The literature on governance that has emerged in the past 15 years indicates that the position of government in society has changed substantially. This development is most often looked at as the increased complexity of Western societies and its problems, … Continue reading

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