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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There are many more stories about false claims to gold, about a environmentalist mountain climber who endorses cigarettes, about a certain story travels from Brazil Chico Mendesto India Chipkoto Indonesia. So, those of you who know more about Indonesia than I, Is she leaving important ideas out of the picture? It seems to me that here Tsing is more successful in that her evocative language does some of that theoretcial work, which is what good ethnography should do.
Exposes some Western myths of “What is the environment,” what it means to preserve it” and for whom The movement of universals now reads to me like an unauthorized port of the work of Latour, Law, Mol, Callon, etc. At the end of the cold war, many client states of both the Soviet Union and the United States collapsed.
This is one of the best ethnographies I’ve ever read.
Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection
Together the three narratives work well and their juxtaposition solves, I think, frictlon problems that each of these narratives would have if they were not next to each other. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
Rather than compare different geo-political units to each other, one could compare the trajectory of different flows of information frictiin what it enables, both good and bad. Landscapes are supposed to be wild and untouched if they are going to appear within the frame of the universal language of either development or conservation. Ruth and I are hunched over our keyboards telling everyone we know.
User Review – Flag as inappropriate It is good. The book focuses on the topic of marginality within a state and the context of community within a gendered framework.
One of the many enjoyable frriction of Friction is its continuation of the story Tsing introduced in her previous book, of the original and creative program of scholarship she is famously known for. The former rhetorical strategy takes the existence of some empirical phenomenon as refutation of a theory, when it is entirely possible that a theory could handle such empirical phenomenon.
Return to Book Page. In sum, a superb read that requires a second reading from me.
This will be a much-discussed contribution to the anthropology of cosmopolitanism and transnational interconnection. 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 for 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.
Alright, I began reading tsin in my last semester and made it half way through. Government corruption, abusive soldiers, student activists, and international environmental organizations all are included in the storyline. My interests are more in the East Asian region China, Japan and so it can be safely said that I know next to nothing about Indonesia specifically.
Snna of 9 reviews. A quite different kind of environmentalism arose out the culture of the nature lovers. Yet they can never fulfill their promises of universality. More importantly Tsing is trying to interrogate the implications of this — what happens to local forms when they become global? That said, the book fascinates. I am not sure that Tsing’s concept anja friction the cultural co-formation occurring in global economy is really original or functional enough to merit its role as title.
I leave it to our child-rearing experts to say what this all means. In fact, it seems to me, she pushes out of that vacuum—she exposes exactly the complexity that anthropologists and others continue to claim when faced with simplistic notions of the practices of globalization. Law became a way of holding the state accountable in its own terms, even if the abstract friftion principles informing the critique owed more to Islam than to Indonesian nationalism.
But I suspect her politics.
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Tsing notes in passing that slave labor and forced labor could not be made to do very complicated agricultural labor, and hence farm labor had to be simplified. For one thing, it ignores the fact that we are unable to go to the field without theoretical baggage. Shake your pom-poms and repeat after me, sports fans: First, there is a lot of theory talk. Both grew out of projects of imperial resource management. Tsing seems to be continually looking West, despite her asserted democracies of scale.
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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 for Brazilian rubber tappers, UN funding agencies, mountaineers, village elders, and urban students, among others–all combining in unpredictable, messy misunderstandings, but misunderstandings that sometimes fricion out.
A stimulating thought elegantly expressed. A definitive model may not be needed, but what about high expectations.