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Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity [Marc Auge, John Howe] on seeks to establish an intellectual armature for an anthropology of supermodernity . Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, New York-London, Verso is that supermodernity produces non-places, meaning spaces which are not. Non-places: introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity. Responsibility: Marc Augé ; translated by John Howe. Uniform Title: Non-lieux. English; Imprint.

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Oct 25, Beatriz rated it liked it Shelves: Is a modern mom and pop store a non-place?

Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Furthermore, he draws very heavily on the work of Michel de Certeau, which he simply places in the context of what he calls ‘the three excesses of super-modernity’, which undermines the originality of his discussion. When one visits a supermarket, or anything else that is deemed a non-place, and meets a colleague, friend, etc. A good read but a demanding one!

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Refresh and try again. I don’t often say this, but; if this were a little longer, it would be a five star book.

Describe the connection issue. Published May 17th by Verso first published April Nielsen Book Data An ever-increasing proportion of our lives is spent in supermarkets, airports and hotels, on motorways or in front of TVs, computer and cash machines. Raccolti e ordinati da lui, generano riflessioni nuove in cui mi sono ritrovata, che mi interessano e che mi piacciono molto. As a connoisseur of spatial thought, I would compare this to Bachelard’s Poetics of Space; both are totally fascinating, and almost completely inapplicable, but thought-provoking reads.

May 27, Lois rated it did not like it. English Imprint London ; New York: Publisher’s Summary Most people spend an increasing amount of time in soulless, impersonal places: Unlike Baudelairean modernity, where old and new are interwoven, supermodernity is self-contained: A little gem of a meditation on the distinction between “anthropological places” formed by social bonds and collective history, and “non-places” of atomized, individual travel and consumption. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Auge does not suggest that supermodernity is all-encompassing: Disappointed is some pseudo work about shopping centers No trivia or quizzes yet. Ci attacco pure un rimando a Junkspace.

Mar 01, Romina rated it it was amazing. I just find it somewhat bothersome that he– as an anthropological and geographic investigator– chooses to write his arguments through spiderwebs of Jesuitical axioms and the structure of myth rather than groundwork and legwork.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Mar 02, ralowe rated it really liked it. The same could be said about a specific supermarket or anthropologgy center, particularly when it is not used as a place to engage in consumer activity, but a social space.

The way airports are divided into different places, the way we interact with security, the VIP lounges and waiting rooms, etc. Even at pages, the book seems too long for the idea. Tentatively I think that the book suffers from comparisons to other anthropological texts, while ignoring western historicity and being vague about a number of differences. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview.

Auge uses the concept of ‘supermodernity’ to describe the logic of these late-capitalist phenomena – a logic of excessive information and excessive space. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Starting with an attempt to disentangle anthropology from history, Auge goes on to map the distinction between placeencrusted with historical monuments and creative social life, and non-placeto which individuals are connected in a uniform manner and where no organic social life is possible.

Starting with an attempt to disentangle anthropology from history, Auge goes on to map the distinction between place, encrusted with historical monuments and creative social life, and non-place, to which individuals are connected in a uniform manner and where no organic social life is possible. This is the non-silly vein of French theory, grounded, urbane, a delight to read, crammed with provocative concepts presented in a graceful style. Interesting, but the signal to noise ratio is rather too high.


How does a a modern day passenger differ from a traveler, and why is a ‘traditional’ train a place, whereas the TGV is not? Paperbackpages.

Mar 18, Plsces Jaffer rated it it was amazing. I must say though that it is quite difficult to grasp, especially when one did not study anthroplogy before, as Auge touches upon different anthropologist themes, which I have never encountered before.

Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity by Marc Augé

It is an interesting introduction to the non-places theme, and not only for anthropologists mostly, though off also for laymen, just like me, who are into different themes in literature. When he writes of airports as non-places, I am reminded of the narrator’s discussion of airports in Palahniuk’s Fight Club; but then I realize that people work there, and for them it is an anthropological space.

For the author, this is symptomatic of the experience of “supermodernity” or late-capitalist existence. As anthropological places create the organically, so non-places create solitary contractuality.

I especially enjoyed the prologue for the book, which at first confuses and surprises but if you go on reading the book, it all becomes clear.

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