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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Finally, the presentation is refreshingly light. Tsing took on a heavy duty subject to tackle, however, the writing is encumbered with much too many words, as if she is paraphrasing other works.

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Local ideas spread because they have wider resonance? Mar 07, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: It’s an old concept that has worn different clothes eg, ‘creative destruction’. Alright, I began reading this in my last semester and made it half way through. Now that is just plain beautiful. This tsingg not however one of those stories where the bad universal confronts the good that is local and specific.

May 27, nell rated it did not like it Shelves: The specificity of collaborations is erased by pre-established unity; the priori status of unity is fdiction by turning to its instantiation in collaborations. I begin to pay closer attention to the tropes in which Tsin embodies her concerns. Which goes to show that this rhetorical strategy that has been around for some time frictiin Tsing is not necessarily innovating here.

Manu Samnotra see, I am willing to admit it. A fruit tree may grow out of a rubbish tip where people threw the seeds, and so on. It is neither the relentlessly critical style that leaves no space for collaboration, nor is it the post-critical stance of actor network theory, which never met an institution it could fail to like.


Do, in short, her skillful poetics only mask what turns out to be, at the end of the day, an imagination impoverished by a too exclusively literary anthropological education? After that maybe we will have to build a new theory, or maybe just tweak the old one…. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The term friction is described as, ” the awkward, unequal, unstable, and creative qualities of interconnection across difference. 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 spread.

At the end of the cold war, many client states of both the Soviet Union and the United States collapsed. The concepts she applied to her work in the forests of Indonesia applied easily to my work in the media beehive of Manhattan.

The former takes the urges to survive and reproduce as a universal. While nature lovers are thought of as a bit like hippies, they generally need police permits or army approval for their expeditions. This is how it’s done. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Collaborations create new interests and new ways of being. My Book tsinb last week and I had some time to read over the weekend. See all 9 reviews.

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It is a major exporter of fossil fuels, rubber, timber products, metals and palm oil. Which, you know, might be a strike for frictiin against her depending on what you think! To ask other readers questions about Frictionplease sign up. It requires translation where ever it goes.

Might learn something useful. 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 in unpredictable, messy misunderstandings, but misunderstandings that sometimes work out.

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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.

First, there is a lot of theory talk.

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. English Choose a language ahna shopping. The Dayaks are however quite aware of such universals and put them in a sort of ceremonial place for community leaders to use on occasions where they might suit their interests.

One to extract resources; the other to deal with those pesky natives who got in the way. College students in traditional age bracket found it difficult reading because it has some heady thought lines and she writes from a different perspective than many anthropologists.

In both cases, it is friction that produces movement, action, effect. Its more about a tactics of selective abstraction: Riddled with moments of brilliance, new ways of seeing things, and deep historical understandings of this country.

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Its not just that I prefer the holism of, say, Eric Wolf Europe and the People Without Historysince I think that the two approaches they are both anthropologists of global connection work tsin well together. But the interest is, as Joe Levenson would have put it, a merely historical one. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.