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 is so amazingly complicated and complex it is unreadable. Lists with This Book. Ethnographically rigorous, brilliantly aanna, and passionately engaged, this is the kind of writing we would all like to be able to produce. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The book focuses on the topic of marginality within a state and the context of community within a gendered framework.

Not a very interesting read, but the book came as described and in good condition. This book is for academics and serious enthusiasts only.

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, Frlction attempts to bring different to light the positionalities and intersections of several kinds of knowledge that are usually dealt with in separate books.

The frontier is a traveling concept. It lets her off the hook about frictipn the middle bit: 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 global.


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Sep 22, Rebecca rated it really liked it. Including the Talmud in the reference was a bit of overstretch. Just to take fruits: This is not however one of those stories where the bad universal confronts the good that is local and specific. I also find the system of having notes at the end of the book frictoin it much harder to read, but there are similar gaps in the notes, although they do provide some more ballast for both tsinng literature review and ethnography.

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.

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Annq 16, Pat rated it it was ok. Nature is wilderness, a view that produces particular difficulties in understanding the role of indigenous or local peoples frictiob maintaining a landscape.

How are such gaps in the fabric of abstraction to be perceived? Things are contextually more particular than signs and potentially more general… Things are thus related to their signs as empirical tokens to cultural types. The movement of universals now reads to me like an unauthorized port of the work of Latour, Law, Mol, Callon, etc.

Want to Read saving…. Feb 25, Minli rated it liked it Shelves: Rfiction theory does not have to put up with its object of study constantly messing with its rules of change, unlike social theory — given this, social theories should be messier, and take longer frictlon develop into robust paradigms, and will probably always be challenged by that nasty old empirical world.


Nov 05, Susanne rated it liked it Shelves: Great book to read while in Indonesia. Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene. Anyone else you know who is working on the latest twists and turns in American kinship systems?

David Ritchie, a friend from lit-ideas has written a poem for him, inspired in part by our shared enthusiasms for country dancing and other invented Scottish traditions. Tsing received her B.

As I write, the fact that http: There are things that distinguish the current anba economy from previous periods of rapid globalization i. In response, environmental movements arose to defend the rainforests and the communities of people who live in them.

Mushroom at the End of the World Tsing’s ethnographic account of the Matsutake mushroom gives the readers a look into this rare, prized and expensive fungi.

Anyone who believes that economic forces are translated directly into cultural products has plainly never worked for an advertising agency.