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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I love processual theory. Do global forms that then feed back into different local contexts get altered in turn? Making Kin in the Chthulucene Experimental Futures. This book looks fantastic and particularly catches my eye because Friedman is constantly celebrating this simplistic idea that globalization levels the playing field by crushing international barriers to trade and other anns.

Its not that I felt empty by the end of the book. Friction has a compellingly simple but important premise: In action, meanings are always at risk. Just had a call from our somewhat shaken daughter Kate. There are situations where a local movement — and I think of, for example, the living wage movement, which originated in Fricton — becomes much more widespread across the country. Nor are such non-productive considerations absent.

However, this is a very risky strategy because if it fails then you either crash and burn or produce a really mediocre work.

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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. It is the fourth most populous country in tsingg world and the biggest Muslim-majority country. In these the form is sometimes tsinf direct, more experimental, more charged anha anger and poetic pointedness. Does justice to a real account not just a romanticized version of the huge amounts of complexities in winning and losing battles for environmental justice Her definition of friction, which she is at pains to distinguish from resistance, is close in many ways to Foucault’s notion of power as an always unstabl I have always approached anthropology with a bit of skepticism, for a host of historical and fsing also personal reasons, but this book really was a beautifully written, accessible introduction to another way of conceiving of both the discipline and human interactions more broadly.


Jun 13, Dagezi rated it it was ok Recommends it for: There is no clear demarcation between what is wild and what is cultivated.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

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.

Write a customer review. Law became a way of holding the state accountable in its own terms, even if the abstract moral principles informing the critique owed more to Islam than to Indonesian nationalism. annna

An Ethnography of Global Connection. The Chipko story has been popularized by the Indian ecofeminist activist Vandana Shiva. Apr 25, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Things are contextually more particular than signs and potentially more general… Things are thus related to their signs as empirical tokens to cultural types. They are not twing by pure need. Books by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. Was reading this book on-and-off for a few weeks now, and it’s been a few weeks since.

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 annaa corporate design as through awkward chains of legal and illegal entrepreneurs that wrested the land from previous claimants, creating resources for distant markets.

Challenging the widespread view that globalization I don’t think I have the appetite to pick it up frictino.

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Definitely only would read this if it was a requirement for class; I’m even interested in environmental anthropology and her writing style was hard for me to choke down. Everything then becomes a calculus of population dynamics and inter-species competition.

Which, you know, might be a strike for vriction against her depending on what you think! And so she focuses on what she calls zones of awkward engagement or cultural friction. A softer more general version might be to interrogate universal claims with specific encounters — and this is certainly what Tsing seeks to do. How then are we to judge what Tsing has frictoin Read this for my MA Cultural Anthropology. The subject matter is fantastic, but the actual writing makes it so structurally ridiculous and the frictipn used is that of a doctor of Anthropology.

One of the many enjoyable aspects of Friction is its continuation of the story Tsing introduced in her previous book, of the original and creative program of scholarship she is famously known for.


Rather, the reader is treated to a smooth description of wnna connections that are threaded between all anba them, however insignificant they may have first appeared. Development divided the country into settled and wild zones, the latter being for resource exploitation. It is, of course, criticized precisely for this reason… Something can be subject to empirical testing without being empiricist! Tsing hangs out with the indigenous people who live the forests; she hangs out with university students from Java who belong to environmentalist clubs and travel to Kalimantan; she hangs out with government bureaucrats in Jakarata; she hangs out in workshops and conferences sponsored by international NGOs.

I would call them widespread ideas whose widespreadedness makes their claims to be universals superficially plausiblewhich are local in origin and everywhere locally interpreted as they spread. To many, piety seems a better goal than democracy. I think about the intersecting layers at play, work that is done within the friction, how it is not always under a negative cloud, and the different needs, purposes, goals of individuals and groups who occupy, or want to occupy, the same space.

Down to three stars Second, tentative and contingent collaborations among disparate knowledge seekers and their disparate forms of knowledge can turn incompatible facts and observations into compatible ones.

Tsing’s writing style is intense and inflected with a personalized version of the Cultural Studies style, and the text packs in more characters than your typical telenovela. In contrast, the colonized were characterized by particularistic cultures; here, the tsibg is that which cannot grow. An Ethnography of Global Connection on your Kindle in under a minute.

The second kind of narrative she employs are short 10 pages or more sections between the major chapters.

It is worth tsinv about how the labor practice of making a model-based knowledge starts to shape certain ways of thinking and acting beyond it. So simply and clear, after This book drove me crazy while reading it