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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. Anna L. Tsing Friction An Ethnography of Global Connection Ch 1: Frontiers of Capitalism Capitalist frontiers create “wilderness” These landscapes already. Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. · Rating details · ratings · 35 reviews. A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the road; spinning in the air it.

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And yet with all those caveats the indigenous might be the only actor one can put into play with some interests and some methods for living in landscapes without wrecking them.

So for instance we get Tsing writing. This is one of the best ethnographies I’ve ever read. This strikes me as evasive, deflective, and unprepared for how the desperate needs of whiteness will devour her book for its own needs. I had bought Friction to read in the hope that it would help me with the beginnings of tsint own book project and then discovered the reading group here, which I have followed with interest.

The flip side of not being able to go into the field theory-free is not being able to have theories without worldly encounters. Is she doing a good job of it. Despite imperial standards for civil society, I have wandered into coalitions built on awkwardly linked incompatibilities. anan

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

The Chico story probably came from the movie The Burning Season 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.

Tsing seems to be continually looking West, despite her frction democracies of scale. Aug 10, Lisa rated it really liked it.

Whenever we want to trace the limits of hegemony, we need to look for gaps. He contrasts two historical temperamental types in Primitive Man as Philosopher and Primitive Religion In sum, a superb read that requires a second reading from me. Which goes to show that this rhetorical strategy that has been around for some time and Tsing is not necessarily innovating here.


These conditions shape market economies, whose universals cannot transcend politically managed questions of access. Great tslng about annw happens to universals and knowledge on a local level and in a local setting.

Tsing is interested in how different kinds of universal come into play. What is most striking to me about these two features of generalization is the way they cover each other up. Social communication is as much an empirical risk as worldly reference.

And so an ethnography frictioj global connection might work on frictlon where the vector strikes against some sort of friction. For one thing, it ignores the fact that we are unable to go to the field without theoretical baggage.

Fricgion 27, nell rated it did not like it Shelves: I sensed a playfulness something I admire but which I feared would cause her to lose a sense fury against the injustices of universals such as capitalism. Evolutionary 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 to develop into robust paradigms, and will probably always be challenged by that nasty old empirical world.

I think about the intersecting layers at play, work that is done within the friction, how it is not always under a negative cloud, and the different needs, purposes, goals of individuals and groups who occupy, or want to occupy, the same space.

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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. It is worth asking about how the labor practice of making a model-based knowledge starts to shape certain ways of thinking and acting beyond it.

Tsing suggests that these ‘zones of awkward engagement’ might show the way to a more just and equitable tsig Rebuttal: Sep 15, John rated it really liked it.


Likewise, Tsing wants to put together perspectives from conservation biology and political ecology. As I read on with this book I am curious as to how much it would help to have more detailed information specifically about the politics and anthropology of Indonesia and the surrounding region.

There are situations where a local movement — and I think of, for example, the living wage movement, which originated in Baltimore — becomes much more widespread across the country.

Challenging the widespread view that globalization invariably signifies a “clash” of cultures, anthropologist Anna Tsing here annaa friction in its place as a metaphor for the diverse and conflicting social interactions that make up our contemporary world. This is hypothesis testing. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Great book to read while in Indonesia.

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 frjction that make up our contemporary world.

She focuses on one particular “zone of awkward engagement”–the rainforests of Indonesia–where in the s and the s capitalist interests increasingly reshaped the landscape not so much through corporate design as through awkward chains of legal and illegal entrepreneurs that tsin the land from previous claimants, creating resources for distant markets.

Is it possible to imagine a work in which conceptualization and narrative are effectively combined? In response, environmental movements arose to defend the rainforests and the communities of people who live in them. The contingency of encounters. Challenging the widespread view that globalization A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the frictikn spinning in the air it goes nowhere. I would much rather see someone say: Serious, compelling anthropology that 1.

In a fritcion world the same piece would do both! It requires translation where ever it goes. She tells the story of how environmentalism travels in this frictional manner.