David Graeber

1961 - 2020

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David Rolfe Graeber (; February 12, 1961 – September 2, 2020) was an American anthropologist and anarchist activist. His influential work in economic anthropology, particularly his books Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011) and Bullshit Jobs (2018), and his leading role in the Occupy movement, earned him recognition as one of the foremost anthropologists and left-wing thinkers of his time.Born in New York to a working-class Jewish family, Graeber studied at Purchase College and the University of Chicago, where he conducted ethnographic research in Madagascar under Marshall Sahlins and obtained his doctorate in 1996. He was an assistant professor at Yale University from 1998 to 2005, when the university controversially decided not to renew his contract before he was eligible for tenure. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Graeber has received more than 1,356,144 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). David Graeber is the 60th most popular anthropologist (up from 61st in 2019), the 6,974th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,560th in 2019) and the 16th most popular American Anthropologist.

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Among anthropologists, David Graeber ranks 60 out of 69Before him are Ashley Montagu, Julio Caro Baroja, Eric Wolf, Raymond Firth, Hugh Falconer, and Dmitry Anuchin. After him are Adolf Bernhard Meyer, Carleton S. Coon, Gayle Rubin, Napoleon Chagnon, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, and Grete Mostny.

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Among people born in 1961, David Graeber ranks 226Before him are Corinne Hermès, Piotr Ugrumov, Kati Outinen, Laurel Clark, Valentin Ivanov, and Wally Pfister. After him are Josimar, Jesper Olsen, Chris Anderson, Frank De Winne, Rae Dawn Chong, and Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet. Among people deceased in 2020, David Graeber ranks 436Before him are Haruma Miura, Nate Brooks, Corine Rottschäfer, Ben Bova, Mark Blum, and Pim Doesburg. After him are Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, Tom Coburn, Ernst Jean-Joseph, Wolfgang Clement, Günter de Bruyn, and Denis Goldberg.

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Among people born in United States, David Graeber ranks 6,974 out of 15,968Before him are Florence Bascom (1862), Justin Hartley (1977), Seán Patrick O'Malley (1944), Christina Milian (1981), Lee Ranaldo (1956), and Zach McGowan (1980). After him are Seymour Benzer (1921), Claudio Reyna (1973), Sidney Franklin (1893), Tom Verlaine (1949), Ken Curtis (1916), and James Meredith (1933).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United States

Among anthropologists born in United States, David Graeber ranks 16Before him are Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857), Ann Dunham (1942), John Lloyd Stephens (1805), Ralph Linton (1893), George Murdock (1897), and Michael Harner (1929). After him are Carleton S. Coon (1904), Gayle Rubin (1949), Napoleon Chagnon (1938), Edwin H. Colbert (1905), and Eugenie Scott (1945).

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