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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Islam, Marx and Bollywood might all appear via transnational communication vectors as forms of abstract thought and feeling to be adapted for local use. 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.

A softer more general version might be to interrogate universal claims with specific encounters — and this is certainly what Tsing seeks friciton do. I said that Tsing reminded me of Taussig. For those of us now attempting to come to terms with a strange political landscape of instability, Tsing offers both illuminating insight and useful tools.

When my daughter was little, we played a game on the way to her preschool called Count the Rubbing two sticks frictio produces heat and light; one stick alone is just a stick. The story is of course only slightly true.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

His principal critical—theoretical work is thought to be Method and Theory of Ethnology She makes abstract entities agentive all the time. Tsing makes us question globalization’s smooth rollout, that universal narrative like manifest destiny in the mid 19th century. A quite historically novel kind of universal comes from the application of cybernetic techniques to earth system sciences.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Not all uses of the scientific method are empiricist. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

Mushroom at the End of the World Tsing’s ethnographic account of the Matsutake mushroom gives the readers a look into this rare, prized and expensive fungi. 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.


A great ethnography, a must-read for people who want to understand better the global economic process or globalization and the affects of capitalism on ordinary people. Set up a giveaway. For some, the environment was a legal and ethical issue. Challenging the widespread view that globalization Anyone else you know who is working on the latest twists and turns in American kinship systems?

Yet they can never fulfill their promises of universality. Hey you changed your last line! May 27, nell rated it did not like it Shelves: A point I was originally thinking of adding was that I doubt Harvey would object to her book. When the currency fell in the late 90s, Indonesian coal became competitive with Australian coal, despite the poor infrastructure.

Social communication is as much an empirical risk as worldly reference This is annw one exampe. This is just one exampe. No one cares to protect the environment, activists tell me, because greed now rules the land. Staying with the Trouble: Capital, in contrast, thrives where opportunities are just emerging…. How can we relate their theories to actual practice? Is she doing a good job of it.

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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. Selected pages Table of Contents.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? And her patient, non-judgemental hanging out allows her to tell really well told stories. My activist friends in Jakarta are optimistic…. See and discover other items: Attention to the frictions of contingent articulation can help us describe the effectiveness, and the fragility, of emergent capitalist — and globalist — forms.


Very different from Javanese peasants for whom the same downturn could cross the line from survival to starvation. This landscape the Dayaks inhabit looks weird to both developers and conservationists. One of the most important books in anthropology to appear in the past decade, it defines a field rather than simply fitting into one. Sometimes their different travels create frictions that are productive to some end almost by accidentand sometimes these groups seem to live in different cosmologies where their encounters and seeming collaborations against the state, against international corporations, and against capitalism fizzle away into seeming nothingness.

Kerim, I am not clear on what you take empiricism to be since tsiny it involves exactly making a prediction and then testing it in the experiential world. They are not driven by pure need. In the tropical climate of Kalimantan, the frontier meets local practices of shifting cultivation where it is unclear which land is public or private, and which land use is legal and illegal.

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But there is a sense of hope and possibility mind you she has earned that — its not the mindlessness or desperation whiteness that irks me a bit. 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.

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.

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