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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Here we have what Tsing calls a gapwhere certain universalizing distinctions do not travel well. An Ethnography of Global Connection.

How anna we relate their theories to actual practice? Even decades later, many people would remember that the New Order came to power through a wholesale massacre of Communists and many others merely suspected of being Communists. For anthropology students the book is a treasure chest. An accomplished linguist, he described a number of North American languages and advanced a classification scheme emphasizing their unity. Preview — Friction by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing.

Rather than assume we know exactly what global capitalism is, even before it arrives, we need to know how it operates in friction. 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. May 27, nell rated it did not like it Shelves: The only anthropologist I can think of that gets anywhere close is Malinowski, who was, after all, strongly influenced by Conrad.

Rather than see climate frichion as uniquely a product of postwar cybernetic technologies of control, it might be more interesting to see both earth system science and anthropology as produced by much the same historical forces.

In sum, driction superb read that requires a second reading from me. One to collect data; the other to dispatch fieldworkers.

The Chipko story firction been popularized by the Indian ecofeminist activist Vandana Shiva. Rubbing two sticks together produces heat and light; one stick alone is just aanna stick.

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And so she focuses on what she calls zones of awkward engagement or cultural friction. For a anan grounded process analysis we better driction in the Sim City guys to see what they would make of Sim Kalimantan. Nor are such non-productive considerations absent.

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One of the chapters is almost pure description of the rain forest, its flora and fauna, and tsin intricate interdependency between soil, plants, animals, and humans. After the fall of the New Order, things get rather more interesting. As I write, the fact that http: Without a doubt I think her concerns are worth taking up. I also find the system of having notes at the end of the book makes it much harder to read, but there are similar gaps in the notes, although they do provide some more ballast for both the literature review and ethnography.

However, this is a very risky strategy because if it fails then you either crash and burn or produce a really mediocre work. Inshe received a Guggenheim Fellowship. The third form she employs is the story telling mode of really good ethnography.

Basically Tsing takes a whole boatload of stuff and admirably tries to make sense of it as it is occurring in this one area annaa by timber and mineral extraction. Perhaps this means I am tsinng the audience Tsing is expecting. It evokes tsjng combines a twofold movement of interpretation in a combined action of reduction and revelation in an act of mythic subversion inspired by the mythology of imperialism itself…. Since then a gene-centred and less unilineal view of evolution has arisen esp promulgated by Dawkins in the ss whereby the force of change and the site of analysis is the local — the global theory is but a framework, a point of reference and set of basic principles.

However there is a risk that it may end up being old wine in new bottles. Tsing’s writing style is intense and inflected gsing a personalized version of the Cultural Studies style, and the text packs in more characters than your typical telenovela. At the end of the cold war, many client states of both the Soviet Union and the Anja States collapsed.

Books by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. No one cares to protect the environment, activists tell me, because greed now rules the land.

Tsing’s key informant is Uma Adang, who provides her insight into shamanism, politics and the mythology in relation annw ethnic identity. I was, in a moment of mad inspiration, moved to comment. But it was exactly in the theory section that my suspicions were aroused. Rather, they travel through people, through institutions, through stories, through cultures. I was hoping this would driction a more academic, focused book than Friedman’s The World is Flatwhose focus on globalization and capitalism is breezy and authoritative.


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The awkward friction of the uni Tsing is an anthropologist who uses interrelated ethnographies of s Indonesia to discuss how what she calls “universals”–namely capital, knowledge, and social justice movements–are always necessarily altered when they encounter a specific site. They are young anns cosmopolitan in outlook.

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. For example, it makes an interesting point of comparison to the invisibility of nomads to the Israeli state, about which Eyal Weizman has written. A point I was originally thinking of adding was that I doubt Harvey would object to her book.

But I think we have to acknowledge that anthropology is hardly free of analogous kinds of substitutions from immediate labor process to the shape of the knowledge and politics it produces.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

I begin to pay closer attention to the tropes in which Tsin embodies her concerns. On this account the Dayaks blur the boundaries between a cultivated landscape and a wild one.

This is not however one of those stories where the bad universal confronts the good that is local and specific. Challenging the widespread view that globalization She makes abstract entities agentive all the time.

Social communication is as much an empirical risk as worldly reference.

Kerim, I am not clear on what you take empiricism to be since classically it involves exactly making a prediction and then testing it in the experiential tssing.