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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It requires translation where ever it goes. Through friction, universals become practically effective. To many, piety seems a better goal than democracy. Manu Samnotra see, I am willing to admit it. And I stand by my claims that Anthropologists are all too ready to fall into such empiricist traps.

But throughout, economic and political actors viewed the forests as uninhabited zones for resource extraction, in the name of development and prosperity. Truer words I never spoke. The only anthropologist I can think of that gets anywhere close is Malinowski, who was, after all, strongly influenced by Conrad.

Tsing’s task is not merely to say this but to show it. Shake your pom-poms and repeat after me, sports fans: Preview — Friction by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. Frictipn book focuses on the topic of marginality within a state and the context of community within a gendered framework. In the end, her playfulness fits very well with her sense of hope and possibility. I think of the pleasures of fundamentalism, of having an all-encompassing framework that faith decrees is Truth. Novel ways of seeing and knowing, which would not have been possible yesterday, emerge; unexpected political collaborations coalesce around a common utopian dream; spaces of hope manifest.


I tore my way through it, attempting to piece together her “fragments,” and left with a strange feeling that tsimg perhaps, just maybe – Tsing’s ultimate arguments were deceptively simply.

It is partly about class formation, as generations of college-educated youth assume positions of relative privilege and authority in Indonesian society. Please post comments so we can get a discussion going. It too is a fricrion kind of universal. Rex may see echoes of Sahlins. And yet with all those caveats the indigenous might be the only actor one can put into play with some interests and some methods for living in landscapes without wrecking them. 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.

Especially if we are trying to write in a simpler language.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

Governance requires rationalization, clarity and order. Universals are effective within particular historical conjunctures that give them content and force. Jeez enough of the wailing about the state of the discipline! Jul 21, Terri rated it it was amazing. Radin took his Ph. Is she doing a good job of it. Of course there are other ways of tsong things — being moved by the quality of good writing.


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Looking for more realistic follow ups to The World is Flat. Riddled with moments of brilliance, new ways of seeing things, and deep historical understandings of this country. May 11, Scott rated it really liked it.

Both require a vast infrastructure of global vectors. This is true of any book, obviously, but I think it speaks to issues of how Tsing has placed herself in the literature. They are a mountain people, who stay out of the way. One has to make decisions among which such whole-mimicking fragments can enable practices of collaborative knowing and working.

But, I was wrong; anha fury is there. But it was exactly in the theory section that my suspicions were aroused.

Furthermore, I sense an enormous confusion sting how to proceed. These conditions shape market economies, whose universals cannot transcend politically managed questions of access.

This book lacks a good editor, but fricyion substance is there, though it asks for a lot of patience and attention to see it. I love processual theory. This is one example where a few judicious citations would really have helped. I think that this approach is exemplified in The Invention of Culture.