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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Sep 25, anne rated it it was amazing. Beyond this, though, there really is an issue with reinventing the wheel. Evolutionary theory does not have to put up with its object of study constantly messing with its rules of change, unlike social theory — given this, social theories should be messier, and take longer to develop into robust paradigms, and will probably always be challenged by that nasty old empirical world.

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In both cases, it is friction that produces movement, action, effect. Furthermore, I sense an enormous confusion about how to proceed. In the Realm of the Diamond Queen: One to collect data; the other to dispatch fieldworkers.

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. Rather simply being pleased by the ability of western philosophy to as Rabinow would have it make “friends” or in my case, enemy across time and space, she stresses the importance of looking at the actual movement of would-be universals as itself a proper object of ethnographic inquiry.

But there were legitimate actors within the state itself who favored environmental protection, and so the issue was one that could be discussed. A universal here is some kind of knowledge that moves objects and subjects. The flip side of not being able to go into the field theory-free is not being able to have theories without worldly encounters.

I leave it to our child-rearing experts to say what this all means. The forest people are outlaws and trespassers. They are young and cosmopolitan in outlook.


Mar 07, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: For example, it makes an interesting point of comparison to the invisibility of nomads to the Israeli state, about which Eyal Weizman has written. Her writing is fluid, rhythmic, athletic and most of all, economical. And her patient, non-judgemental hanging out allows annna to tell really well told stories. Does anyone know what Anna Tsing works on in Indonesia besides ethnography?

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

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.

Where is it doing it? On the other hand if the analysis is good then the book could be very strong indeed. In any case I was simply objecting to the idea that she rejects globalisation theory outright as you claimed. Nature has to be preserved, as it is where the nature-lover can experience God directly. There is a long standing tradition of university students forming clubs fricrion hiking and other outdoors activities.

Rather, the reader is treated to a smooth description of the connections that are threaded between all of them, however insignificant they may have first appeared. He made his first field study among frictionn Winnebago Indians of Wisconsin and, starting with The Winnebago Tribe —16eventually treated nearly every aspect of their culture.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

Buy the selected items together This item: Most interesting idea might be that “scales” that we consider to be pre-set the community, the nation, the global are always artificial; universals essentially force the creation of the levels on which they operate. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The distance between Darwin and Dawkins is over a hundred years, but here we are talking about changes in debates within a few decades — it is hardly a failing of theoretical continuity in the discipline! The book also proposes a highly original perspective of the global thrust of capital.

The problem with Tsing’s book is that she is really, no, really really, not writing for a popular audience. 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.


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Not so long before, tsong burned down the downtown shopping areas, along with churches and offices. Both require a vast infrastructure of global vectors.

It is a major exporter of fossil fuels, rubber, timber products, metals and palm oil. 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 unstable and potentially creative series of asymmtetrical force relations.

In Tsing’s hands that old hobby horse “multi-sited ethnography” is something more than a cliche or convenient euphemism for work lacking depth. 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 frction distant markets.

These various groups all do very different things in the name of the environment. But it was exactly in the theory section that my suspicions were aroused. Vriction book focuses on the topic of marginality within a state and the context of community within a gendered framework.

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. What is most striking to me about these two features of generalization is the way they cover each other up. After that maybe we will have to build frictin new theory, or maybe just tweak the old one….