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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It’s been an invaluable resource. I liked it, because she was telling me mostly what I wanted to hear and reassured me it was okay to still feel hopeful.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

Not confined to a village, a province, or a nation, the social drama of the Indonesian rainforest includes local and national environmentalists, international science, North American investors, advocates for Brazilian rubber tappers, UN funding agencies, mountaineers, village elders, and urban students, among others–all combining anja unpredictable, messy misunderstandings, but misunderstandings that sometimes work out.

A definitive model may not be needed, but what about high expectations. Sep 25, anne rated it it was amazing. The Land of Open Graves: Beyond this, though, there really is an issue with reinventing the wheel.

It is the fourth most populous country in the world and the biggest Muslim-majority country. 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. Jeez enough of the wailing about the state of the tsijg Tsing notes in passing that slave labor and forced labor could not be made to do very complicated agricultural labor, and hence farm labor had to be simplified.


A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the road; spinning in the air it goes nowhere. This book lacks a good editor, but the substance is there, though it asks for a lot of patience and attention to see it.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

The term friction is described as, ” the awkward, unequal, unstable, and creative qualities of interconnection across difference. Definitely vriction would read this if it In part, it also, I believe reflects the fact I mentioned in the previous 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.

At the end of the cold war, many client states of both the Soviet Union and the United States collapsed. Aug 10, Lisa rated it really liked it. But lets stop justifying our shortcomings and learn to deal with them!

I think of the pleasures of fundamentalism, of having an all-encompassing framework that faith decrees is Truth. Untangling a few of the strands of the manifold web of connections in which contemporary environmental and human politics on the margins of Borneo are caught up, Tsing attempts to bring different to light the positionalities and intersections of several kinds of knowledge that are usually dealt with in separate books. If txing start and want to stop, press on-it will be worth it!

Nature is wilderness, a view that produces particular difficulties in understanding the role of indigenous or local peoples in maintaining a landscape. Serious, compelling anthropology that 1. And along the way, the friction of travel, the friction of encounter with others, the friction of translation of universals by localities, changes those actually lived universals.


As Described by Themselves But here I stand, like Fiction, trapped in the maddening ambiguities of a world that feels quite mad.

A quite historically novel kind of universal comes from the application of cybernetic techniques to earth system sciences. It is a claim that complexity can only be handled as narrative. Providing a portfolio of methods to study global interconnections, Tsing shows how curious and creative cultural differences are in the grip of worldly encounter, and how much is overlooked in contemporary theories of the frictin.

Kerim, thanks for clarifying your position, on both counts.

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But I suspect her politics. A softer more general version might be to interrogate universal claims with specific encounters — and this is certainly what Tsing seeks to do.

Remarkably, none of these groups are left out as the book comes together. How fortunate for me that after coming back here after a few weeks you are talking about the very book I have just started reading! Without a doubt I think her concerns are worth taking up. 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.