Anna Tsing’s Friction is an original, highly readable, and insightful study of out of their “friction/’ to paradoxical “global understandings,” or universalisms. But in. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing . Global capitalism is made in the friction in these chains as divergent cultural. Anna L. Tsing Friction An Ethnography of Global Connection Ch 1: Frontiers of Capitalism Capitalist frontiers create “wilderness” These landscapes already.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Against this argument, one might note that not only is taking care of the dogs a way of making it easier for the kids to take the grandchild from Texas to NY to be christened.

A universal here is some kind of knowledge that moves objects and subjects. After the fall of the New Order, things get rather more interesting. Whenever we want to trace the limits of hegemony, we need to look for gaps. Sometimes their different travels create frictions that are productive to some end almost by accidentand sometimes these groups seem to live in different cosmologies where their encounters and seeming collaborations against the state, against international corporations, and against capitalism fizzle away into seeming nothingness.

The contingency of encounters.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

If you start and want to stop, fdiction on-it will be worth it! A great ethnography, a must-read for people who want to understand better the global economic process or globalization and the affects of capitalism on ordinary people. In fact, it seems to me, she pushes out of that vacuum—she exposes exactly the complexity that anthropologists and others continue to claim when faced with simplistic notions of the practices of globalization.

It is not a question of preferring the local, the different, the marginal or the specific to the abstract, the global or the universal. How can we relate their theories to actual practice? But here I stand, like Tsing, trapped in the maddening ambiguities of a world that feels quite mad.


Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Challenging the widespread view that globalization invariably signifies a “clash” of cultures, anthropologist Anna Tsing here develops friction in its place as a metaphor for the diverse and conflicting social interactions that make up our contemporary world.

It also suggests other methods for learning about the world. It is not a new insight, but it is worth repeating since our tendency is to treat the travel of ideas, ideologies, and universals as frictionless, smooth, un-bumpy, easily transparent in translation think Star Trek’s universal translator.

And so an ethnography of global connection might work on gaps where the vector strikes against some sort of friction. He pioneered in such important fields of anthropology as culture-personality studies and the use of autobiographical documents. Tsing is also interested in the universals of conservation and the environment.

Both will, in my judgment, wind up being seen as cult qnna, popular with certain cognoscenti who like this sort of thing. It too is a particular fsing of universal.

I would call them widespread ideas whose widespreadedness makes their claims to be universals superficially plausiblewhich are local in origin and everywhere locally interpreted as they anba.

And I stand by my claims that Anthropologists are all too ready to fall into such empiricist traps. Also interesting is her analysis of the way students, under the Suharto dictatorship, used environmentalist clubs as an “apolitical” way to challenge political and economic repression.

Sep 22, Rebecca rated it really liked it. Now that is just plain beautiful. Challenging the widespread view that globalization invariably signifies a “clash” of cultures, anthropologist Ann A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the road; spinning in the air it goes nowhere.

Customers who bought this item also bought. I also find the system of having notes at the end of the book makes it much harder to read, but there are similar gaps in the notes, although they do provide some more ballast for both the literature review and ethnography.

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In part, it also, I believe reflects the fact I mentioned in the anma message that, not being trapped in the academic ratrace, I now lack the incentive that makes proper citation and tracing lines of influence burning professional interests.

Previous post Why Study the Internet? In a sneaky, underhanded manner? The other thing that struck me about the book was how closely — perhaps even scandolously closely?

They are risked, for example, by reference to things i. This is how it’s done. She alludes to about three ways it is inadequate compared to her needs: The Afterlife fricfion Destruction. For Clausewitz — an aufklarer who spent his entire career getting his ass kicked by Napoleon — all friction is essentially a problem to frictio minimized. It would be a pity, if one of those who might just really annx to help her cause lose the inspiration.

Among other things, they practice what used to be called slash-and-burn agriculture. Great book about what happens to universals and knowledge on a local level and in a local setting. The concepts she applied to her work in the forests of Indonesia applied easily to my work in the media beehive of Manhattan.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

In the s the government banned the export of logs to foster a local plywood industry. It is part of my professional habitus as an advertising copywriter to pay attention to how people do evocative things with words. I had to take a break from deciphering her book.