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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. 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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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 interactions that make up our contemporary world.

This is not however one of those stories where the bad universal confronts the good that is local and specific. Jul 21, Terri rated it it was amazing. After the fall of the New Order, things get rather more interesting. Nature has to be preserved, as it is where the nature-lover can experience God directly. Rex may frictiom echoes of Sahlins. 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.

Universals can transcend localities, but they have not taken over the whole world. Rather than assume we know exactly what global capitalism is, even before it arrives, we need to know how it operates in friction.

A great ethnography, a must-read for people who want to understand better frictoon global economic process or globalization and the affects of capitalism on ordinary people.

I leave it to our child-rearing experts to say what this all means. One of the problems that I see in anthropology is a sense of theoretical amnesia when, for instance, theorists of hybridity and globalization replicate the work of Boasians. frictioj

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Hence in this case: Challenging the widespread view that globalization In any case I was simply objecting to the idea that she rejects globalisation theory outright as you claimed. Is it possible to imagine a work in which conceptualization and narrative are effectively combined? Previous post Why Study the Internet? She seems just a bit eager to wish. In fact, it seems to me, she pushes out of that vacuum—she exposes exactly the complexity that anthropologists and others continue to claim when faced with simplistic notions of the practices of globalization.

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Most interesting idea might be that “scales” that we consider to be pre-set the community, the nation, the global are always artificial; universals essentially force the creation of the levels on which they operate. The book focuses on the topic of marginality within a state and the context of community within a gendered framework. The New Order state succeeded even among its quiet opponents to the extent that they had to use the language of development to articulate their own interests and needs.

Not so long before, rioters burned down the downtown shopping areas, along with churches and offices. Feb 25, Minli rated it liked it Shelves: Not everyone is a great theorist and not everyone is a great ethnographer.

Review “Co-Winner of the Senior Book Prize, American Ethnological Association” ” Friction is an original, nuanced, and elegant work of ethnography and a significant contribution to the areas of globalization; environment and natural resource wars; the politics of indigenous peoples, NGOs, and development; and the sociology of expert versus local knowledge.

Tsing meets a manager sent from Singapore to speed up the loading of coal barges, which he achieves by purchasing a load of bananas that happened by and distributing it to the workers.

Thus, it is worth recalling the Bandung Conference of African and Asian states ofa landmark in non-aligned and post-colonial histories.

Challenging the widespread view that globalization invariably signifies a “clash” of cultures, anthropologist Ann A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the road; spinning in the air it goes nowhere. Not confined to a village, a province, or a nation, the social drama of the Indonesian rainforest includes local and national environmentalists, international science, North American investors, advocates for Brazilian rubber tappers, UN funding agencies, mountaineers, village elders, and urban students, among others–all combining in unpredictable, messy misunderstandings, but misunderstandings that sometimes work out.

Untangling a few of the strands of the manifold web of connections in which contemporary environmental and human politics on the margins of Serious, compelling anthropology that 1.

This books took some time getting into, and was a very dense read, but I have found myself reflecting back on it often. Not all uses of the scientific method are empiricist. Tsing should be, and has been, praised for her restrained prose, which allows events to convey their moral impact without subjecting the reader to a sermon.

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I read this book over a year ago in a cultural anthropology class, but still remember it as one of the most interesting and fresh reads of the semester. This strikes me as evasive, deflective, and unprepared for how the desperate needs of whiteness will devour her book for its own needs. 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.

Against this argument, one might note that not only is taking care of the dogs a way of making it easier for the kids to take the grandchild from Texas to NY to be christened. In sum, a superb read that requires a second reading from me.

To that I would add that another thing we miss are connections between the social processes addressed by different writers.

The problem with your reading is that this quote comes not after a discussion of neoliberal wet dreams about globalization, but after a critique of David Harvey. Including the Talmud in the reference was a bit of overstretch.

Jan 26, Mely added it Shelves: A few intriguing images are scattered through the book, traditional tsinf knowledge is frictioj 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.

Or if the exploitation was technically legal, it might follow the letter but not the spirit of legality. The other thing that struck me about the book was how closely — perhaps even scandolously closely?

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

She alludes to about three ways it is inadequate compared to her needs: This landscape the Dayaks inhabit looks weird to both developers and conservationists. One person found this helpful. Today we start the summer reading circle by discussing the preface and introduction of Friction through to about page I think that this approach is exemplified in The Invention of Culture.