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 requires translation where ever it goes. How then are we to judge what Tsing has done?
In this shared space. Tsing’s brilliant innovation in this book is to talk in terms of ‘collaboration’ rather than conflict. 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 fricion so much through corporate design as through awkward chains of legal and illegal entrepreneurs that wrested the land from previous claimants, creating resources for distant markets.
The flip side of not being able to go into the field theory-free is not being able to have theories without worldly encounters. 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 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. 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 really well together.
This is not an attempt to conceptualize complexity.
Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection – Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing – Google Books
Moving forward on communities surrounding by less of forest resources. In response, environmental movements arose to defend the rainforests and the communities of people who live in them. Great book to read while in Indonesia. For one thing, it ignores the fact that we are unable to go to the field without theoretical baggage.
As I read on with this book I am curious as to how much it would help to have more detailed information specifically xnna the politics and anthropology of Indonesia and the surrounding region. This is a fascinating and useful book. She shows us that it’s far from inevitable, and with plenty of rich description, ethnography and theoretical analysis, a Was reading this book on-and-off for a abna weeks now, and it’s been a few weeks since.
Rather, they travel through people, through institutions, through stories, through cultures. Inshe received a Guggenheim Fellowship. It’s an old concept that has worn different clothes eg, ‘creative destruction’.
Basically Tsing takes a whole boatload of stuff and admirably tries to make sense of it as it is occurring in this one area impacted by timber and mineral extraction. Jul 21, Terri rated it it was amazing. I was following the arguments for most of it, but I honestly cannot say whether or not Lowenhaupt Tsing’s analysis of the philosophical interdependence of universal and local makes any sense whatsoever. Get to Know Us. The Afterlife of Destruction.
Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection
Prosperity separates haves and have-nots within local conditions for the enforcement of property rights. A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the road; spinning in the air it goes nowhere. I think she can reflect much more effectively if she were a bit more direct to the point.
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 wrested the land from previous claimants, creating resources for distant markets. Nov 21, Rahmina Hamsuri rated it really liked it Recommends it for: So depending on how the next couple of chapter play out I think that Friction could really be a great book.
Hence a certain prudence.
My Book arrived last week and I had some time to read over the weekend. Her definition of friction, which she is at pains to distinguish from resistance, is close in many ways to Foucault’s notion tsung power as an always unstable and potentially creative series of asymmtetrical force relations.
Together the three narratives work well and their juxtaposition solves, I think, the problems that each of these narratives would have if they were not next to each other. Was reading this book on-and-off for a few weeks now, and it’s been a few weeks since. Making Kin in the Chthulucene Experimental Futures.
I think that this approach is exemplified in The Invention of Culture.