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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Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

Not a very interesting read, but the book came as described and in good condition. Indonesia provides most of the case studies here. I note, ann, an ethnographic datum. I picked this up from the city library after a professor showed it to me, admitting she hadn’t read it; what a good decision that was!

Want to Read saving…. She shows us that it’s far from inevitable, and with plenty of rich description, ethnography and theoretical analysis, a Was reading this book on-and-off for a few weeks now, and it’s been a few weeks since.

Then, too, I see no contradiction between a long-term concern for research paradigms and theoretical development and an appreciation of evocative prose—and the latter is, after all, my business. Not all uses of the scientific method are empiricist.

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The empty forest and the empty desert are both figures of colonial imagination. I think of the pleasures of fundamentalism, of having an all-encompassing framework that faith decrees is Truth.

How are such gaps in the fabric of abstraction to be perceived? But there is a sense of hope and possibility mind you she has earned that — its not the mindlessness or desperation whiteness that irks me a bit. Anyone have any knowledge on this? Customers who bought this item also bought. What about the alternate narrative idea of civilization and the supposed lack of it in the colonies tslng the gradual replacement of this by the concept of culture etc.


Rather simply being pleased by the ability of western philosophy to as Rabinow would have it make “friends” or in my case, enemy across time and space, she stresses the importance of looking at the actual movement of would-be universals as itself a anan object of ethnographic inquiry. These various groups all do very different things in the name of the environment.

Tsing seems to be continually looking West, despite her asserted democracies of scale. Nice description of how globalization has entered Indonesia and how has influenced their economic frkction. Throwing around hot button terms and one liners is not the same thing as making an argument.

I don’t know really.

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Rex may see echoes of Sahlins. A definitive model may not be needed, but what about high expectations. Fiction book also proposes a highly original perspective of the global thrust of capital. But I think we have to acknowledge that anthropology is hardly free of analogous kinds of substitutions from immediate tsijg process to the shape of the knowledge and politics it produces.

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We have not even a veto. Was reading this book on-and-off for a few weeks now, and it’s been a few weeks since.

Rather, one that opens up the gap between a local practice and the universals that overlay their abstractions upon it. It evokes and combines a twofold movement of interpretation in a combined action of reduction and revelation in an act of mythic subversion inspired by the mythology of imperialism itself….

A universal here is some kind of knowledge that moves objects and subjects. So depending on how the next couple of chapter play out I think that Friction could really be a great book. Rather, the reader is treated to a smooth description of the connections that are threaded between all of them, however insignificant they may have first appeared.


An accomplished linguist, he described a number of North American languages and advanced a classification scheme emphasizing their unity. Her definition of friction, which she is at pains to distinguish from resistance, is close in many ways to Foucault’s notion of tsibg as an always unstabl I have always approached anthropology with a bit of skepticism, for a host of historical and likely also personal reasons, but this book really was a beautifully written, accessible introduction to another way of conceiving of both the discipline and anba interactions more broadly.

Definitely only would read this if it was a requirement for class; I’m even interested in environmental anthropology and her writing style was hard for me to choke down. Jul 21, Terri rated it it was amazing. An Ethnography of Global Connection.

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Tsing received her B. Rubbing two sticks together produces heat aanna light; one stick alone is just a stick. They are a mountain people, who stay out of the way. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

So, those of you who know more about Indonesia than I, Is she leaving important ideas out of frictionn picture?

Rubbing two sticks together produces heat and light; one stick alone is just a stick. She uses the Matsutake to shed light on a broader themes about how ecology is shaped by human interference.