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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Not confined to a village, a province, or a nation, the social drama of the Indonesian rainforest includes local and national environmentalists, international science, North American investors, advocates annx Brazilian rubber tappers, UN funding agencies, mountaineers, village elders, and urban students, among others–all combining in unpredictable, messy misunderstandings, but misunderstandings that sometimes work out.

It is the fourth most populous country in the world and the biggest Muslim-majority country.

Untangling a few of the strands of the manifold web of connections in which contemporary environmental and human politics on the margins of Serious, compelling anthropology that 1. A universal here is some kind of knowledge that moves objects and subjects. My high peronal opinion of Tsing makes it difficult to image her as being on a par with Taussig. Please post comments so we can get a discussion going.

Nov 05, Susanne rated it liked it Shelves: Read this for my MA Cultural Anthropology. In the s the government banned the export of logs to foster a local plywood industry.

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There are situations where a local movement — and I think of, for example, the living wage movement, which originated in Baltimore — becomes much more widespread across the country.

In that sense this is not postcolonial theory.

Radin was basically interested tding the folklore, religion, and language of primitive peoples, whose mentality he viewed as different in degree, but not in kind, from that of modern man. In both cases, it is friction that produces movement, action, effect. Of course there are other ways of doing things — being moved by the quality of good writing.


Then, too, I see no contradiction between a long-term concern for research paradigms and theoretical development and an appreciation of evocative prose—and the latter is, after all, my business. frcition

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

Perhaps, I thought, well, hmmmm 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. Here we have what Tsing calls annx gapwhere certain universalizing distinctions do not travel well.

Hopefully there is more of it to come. A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the road; spinning in the air it goes nowhere. Not one that tries to reconstruct a pre-contact totality. Nature lover culture is part scout troop, part nature romanticism, and part commercial adventure. The other thing that struck me about the book was how closely — perhaps even scandolously closely?

The contingency of encounters. A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the road; spinning in the air it goes nowhere. Feb 19, Bidita rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 29, Sarah rated it it was amazing. No one cares to protect the environment, activists tell me, because greed now rules the land.

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. More importantly Tsing is trying to interrogate the implications of this — what happens to local forms when they become global? Buoyed by axioms of unity, collaborations create convincingly agreed upon observations and facts that then appear to support generalization directlythat is, without the prior mediation of the collaboration.


Against this argument, one might note that not only is taking care of the dogs a way of making it easier for the kids to take the grandchild from Texas to NY to be christened. Basically Tsing takes a whole boatload of stuff and admirably tries to make sense of it as it is occurring in this one area impacted by timber and mineral extraction.

This is not an attempt to conceptualize complexity. Despite imperial standards for civil society, I have wandered into coalitions built on awkwardly linked incompatibilities. Again, a bit of self-indulgence: The coal is destined for India, on a ship where the Indian officers and Indonesian crew have no common language and communicate with hand signs.

Do, in short, her skillful poetics only mask what turns out to be, at the end of the day, an imagination impoverished by a too exclusively literary anthropological education? Tsing reports on her fieldwork among the climate modelers with an ironic touch.

But lets stop justifying our shortcomings and learn to deal with them!

The setting is Kalimantan, Indonesia in the s. These she traces to what appears to me to be a kind of Protestant theology. In Tsing’s hands that old hobby horse “multi-sited ethnography” is something more than a cliche or convenient euphemism for work lacking depth. When my daughter was little, we friiction a game on the way to her preschool called Count the Previous post Why Study the Internet?