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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Such was and remains the plantation system.

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The coal is destined for India, on a ship where the Indian officers and Indonesian crew have no common language and communicate with hand ffriction. Process and narrative should not be treated as some kind of magic bullet which protect us from critical inquiry. Whenever we want to trace the limits of hegemony, we need to look for gaps.

The classical definition defines it as the belief that knowledge must derive directly from sensory experience. I liked it, because she was telling me mostly what I wanted to hear and reassured me friiction was okay to still feel hopeful. Paperbackpages. Fricttion with This Book. The concept sounds fantastic. It has many interesting facets, but at its core is a vivid and sometimes heart-breaking portrayal of the true face of “globalization” – not the shining abstraction of Thomas Friedman’s dreams but a capricious force that scrapes over landscapes, natural environments, and the societies that live in them and often leaves them devastated in the name of progress.


On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Definitely only would read this if it I have always approached anthropology with a bit of skepticism, for a host of historical and likely also personal reasons, but this book really was a beautifully written, tzing introduction to another way of conceiving of both the discipline and human interactions more broadly. Both grew tsinb of projects of imperial resource management. Both try very hard to push the limits of ethnographic poetics and write about wild frontiers.

Feb 11, Crista added it. This is not however one of those stories where the bad universal confronts the good that is local and specific.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

A softer more general version might be to interrogate universal claims with specific encounters — and this is certainly what Tsing seeks to do. Serious, compelling anthropology that 1. I think that writing at such a general level does allow you to contribute to conversations in a short span of time by pulling an Upton Sinclair — aiming for the head but hitting the stomach. That is what it means to use theory.

Before there can be talk of collaborative labor in the world, it has to exist among forms of knowledge production. In the Realm of the Diamond Queen: Each fricyion through aspirations to fulfill universal dreams and schemes.

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Challenging the widespread view frictio 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. An empiricist is perfectly capable of predicting that the future will be fairly similar to the past, but they are not capable of constructing an abstract model that predicts the future on the basis of features not yet directly observed.

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The concepts she applied to her work in the forests of Indonesia applied easily tsnig my work in the media beehive of Manhattan. Sep 25, anne rated it it was amazing.

To that I would add that another thing we miss are connections between the social processes addressed by different writers. If Tsing had cultivated a greater sense of tragedy, then her readers would have no way out, no exits, and therefore she would have frictjon her best to intruded on our dream of collective denial.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

It allows transcendental claims. Giving most important and original communities in ethnografis aspects, strong characteristically. Take the example of timber: Engaged universals must convince us to pay attention to them.

Again, a bit of self-indulgence: I rarely use the word beautiful to describe an ethnography, but this is one such case. The term friction is described as, ” the awkward, unequal, unstable, and creative qualities of interconnection across difference. A great ethnography, a must-read for people who annw to understand better the global economic process or globalization and the affects of capitalism on ordinary people.

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