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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Anyone have any knowledge on this? Tsing’s task is not merely to say this but to show it. The Land of Open Graves: But I suspect her politics.

Tsing makes us question globalization’s smooth rollout, that universal narrative like manifest destiny in the mid 19th century. It is the fourth most populous country in the world and the biggest Muslim-majority country.

After its fall, abstract languages of law and morality, nature and the environment became rather more plural. Jul 31, Adam Frictino added it. For some, the environment was a legal and ethical issue.

One person found this helpful. Anyway I guess we can evaluate how well frjction patchwork will fulfil her needs better than adapting Harvey would have been … as Rex begins to address in his next post! It irks me because while she is frank and clear about the devastating effects of capitalism — especially on rain forests — I wish that realist sensibility would have pervaded the overall tone of the book.

The flip side of not being able to go into the field theory-free is not being able to have theories without fricyion encounters. She completed her masters and Ph. A softer more general version might be to interrogate universal claims with specific encounters — and this is certainly what Tsing seeks to do. But as her own Kalimantan fieldwork has shown, indigenous land use can be rather more subtle and complicated. There is no clear demarcation between what is wild and what is cultivated.


But I think we have to acknowledge that anthropology is hardly free of analogous kinds of substitutions from immediate labor process to the shape of the knowledge and politics it produces.

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Humans are limited and we should accept our limitations. Showing of 9 reviews. I think that this approach is exemplified in The Invention of Culture. Her bottom-up is in dialogue with a pre-existing top-down which qnna a lot ruder than it is meant to. Of course there are other ways of doing things — being moved by the quality of good writing. Prosperity separates haves and have-nots within local conditions for the enforcement of property rights. But, I was wrong; her fury is there.

I say the book is useful because I found applications all around me for Tsing’s conceptual framework.

It’s an old concept that has worn different clothes eg, ‘creative destruction’. In this shared space. I liked it, because she was telling me mostly what I wanted to hear and reassured me it was okay to still feel hopeful. He pioneered in such important fields of anthropology as culture-personality studies and ana use of autobiographical documents.

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Marginality in an Out-of-the-Way Place. Frictipn few intriguing images are scattered through the book, traditional ecological knowledge is given some space, and poetry, extensive citations, excerpts from advertisements all work to expand the range of ‘Fricton’ while freeing up the weight of the text. Both try very hard to push the limits of ethnographic poetics and write about wild frontiers.

The subject matter is fantastic, but the actual writing makes it so structurally ridiculous and the diction used is that of a doctor of Anthropology. No one cares to protect the environment, activists tell me, because greed now rules the land. Down to three stars Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


Aug 10, Lisa tsig it really liked it. Tsing, who works with indigenous people in Borneo, shows the global linkages between logging, mining, multinational corporations and virgin Borneo forest. 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.

Without a doubt I think her concerns are worth taking up. Tsing notes in passing that anja labor and forced labor could not be made to do very complicated agricultural labor, and hence farm labor had to be simplified.

Are we anthro suckers just supposed to ignore that?

I bought a copy a few weeks later. So for instance we get Tsing writing. Nature lover culture is part scout troop, part nature romanticism, and part commercial adventure.

Most theories are not used for the purposes for which they were originally intended.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

But it is refreshing that Tsing nowhere stresses any need for consensus, which became such a focus of activists at the time of Occupy in the United States. I was hoping this would be a more academic, focused book than Friedman’s The World is Flatwhose focus on globalization and capitalism is breezy and authoritative.

And so she focuses on what she calls zones of awkward engagement or cultural friction. Alright, I began reading this in my last semester and made it half way through.