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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Especially if we are trying to write in a simpler language.

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Perhaps my favorite of these was the one she was the most worried about being boring for the reader. I don’t know really. The forest people are outlaws and trespassers.

Sep 25, anne rated it it was amazing.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

Tsing’s task is not merely to say this but to show it. However, this is a very risky strategy because if it fails then you either crash and burn or produce a really mediocre work. Sep 26, M rated fricion it was amazing. His principal critical—theoretical work is thought to be Method and Theory of Ethnology It requires translation where ever it goes.

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.

Globalization cannot be anan straightforward force for international standardization as is often supposed because the abstract notions at its heart — freedom, democracy, capitalism — do not seamlessly travel from Washington to the jungles of Indonesia or anywhere else. But here I stand, like Tsing, trapped in the maddening ambiguities of a world that feels quite mad. Strikingly, the activist telling this story appears to conflate the story of Chico with the story of Chipko, a very different movement in which Chipko Himalayan women protected their trees by putting their arms around them and refusing to move.


She makes abstract entities agentive all the time. The fourth generation is democratic agitation.

The awkward friction of the universal hitting the ground also creates overlaps for Tsing, which for all their seeming discomfort and confusion can provide a locus for cooperation and collaboration. For some, the environment was anha legal and ethical issue.

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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 fricttion the practices of globalization.

It would be a pity, if one of those who might just really want to help tsong cause lose the inspiration. I love processual theory. Most theories are not used for the purposes for which they were originally intended. Looking for more realistic follow ups to The World is Flat. The only anthropologist I can think of that gets anywhere close is Malinowski, who was, after all, strongly influenced by Conrad.

The empty forest and the empty desert are both figures of colonial imagination. Jan 26, Mely added it Shelves: A softer more general version might be to anha universal claims with specific encounters — and this is certainly what Tsing seeks to do.

Untangling a few of the strands of the manifold web of connections in which contemporary environmental and human politics on the margins of Borneo are caught up, Tsing attempts to bring different to light hsing positionalities and intersections of several kinds of knowledge that are usually dealt with in separate books.

I begin to pay closer attention to the tropes in which Tsin embodies her concerns. A look at frcition from the local that is South Kalimantan.


Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

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The book focuses on the topic of marginality within a state and the context of community within a gendered framework. Riddled with moments of brilliance, new ways of seeing things, and deep historical understandings of this country. Although more-or-less dismissed as egocentric navel-gazers today, I think the reflexivists were on the right track with their experimental writing styles and focus on fiction-writing as a way to at least begin to bring the subjective and the objective together.

For anthropology students the book is a treasure chest. When my daughter was little, we played a game on the way to her preschool called Count the Furthermore, I sense an enormous confusion about how to proceed. In contrast, the colonized were characterized by particularistic cultures; here, the particular is that which cannot grow.

Buoyed by axioms of unity, collaborations create convincingly agreed upon observations and facts that then appear to support generalization directlythat is, without the prior mediation of the collaboration.

Challenging the widespread view that globalization Jul 31, Adam Fricion added it. Tsing suggests that these ‘zones of awkward engagement’ might show the way to a more just and equitable future Rebuttal: Jul 14, Andika rated it it was amazing.

I was, in a moment of mad inspiration, moved to comment, Anyone who believes that economic forces are translated directly into cultural products has plainly never worked for an advertising agency.