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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Towards a cultural tribology: Anna Tsing’s Friction (I) | Savage Minds

He contrasts two historical temperamental types in Primitive Man as Philosopher and Primitive Religion Jul 21, Terri rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is not however one of those stories where the bad universal confronts the good that is local and specific.

Just had a call from our somewhat shaken daughter Kate. The other question to ask is — is Tsing actually such a great writer?

Indeed, On War is really a work of social theory which is quirky and worth reading. Does justice to a real account not just a romanticized version of the huge amounts of complexities in winning and losing battles for environmental justice Tsing took on a heavy duty subject to tackle, however, the writing is encumbered with much too many words, as if she is paraphrasing other works.

The forest people are outlaws and trespassers. See all 9 reviews. Is she doing a good job of it. For anthropology students the book is a treasure chest.


It seems to me the key in addressing this age-old issue theoretical issue is how she places herself in relation to existing debates within the field in order to avoid reinventing the wheel.

To reproduce the natural and the real without this recognition may be to fasten ever more firmly the hold of the mythic. She gives the example of activist groups who understood concepts of “nature” and “conversation” very differently but still managed to cooperate.

Open Preview See a Problem? 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. Staying with the Trouble: Markets are not Platonic forms but are bounded by friction — and perhaps one might also say noise. She uses the Matsutake to shed light on a broader themes about how ecology is shaped by human interference.

Political ecology is skeptical of such rather heteronormative and market-competition based models of the natural. Both require a vast infrastructure of global vectors. If Tsing had cultivated a greater sense of tragedy, then her readers would have no way out, no exits, and therefore ffriction would have done her best to intruded on our dream of collective denial. Apr 05, Rebecca marked it as to-read. It is neither the relentlessly critical style that leaves no space for collaboration, nor is it the post-critical stance of actor fdiction theory, which never met an institution it could fail to like.


No one cares to protect the environment, activists tell me, because greed now rules the land.

I said that Tsing reminded me of Taussig. Sep 26, M rated it it was amazing. 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 tore my way through it, attempting to piece together her “fragments,” and ting with a strange feeling that – perhaps, just maybe – Tsing’s ultimate arguments were deceptively simply.

Mar 12, Fredy rated it really liked it. 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 rriction awkward chains of legal and illegal entrepreneurs that wrested the land from previous claimants, creating resources for distant markets.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Humans are limited and we should accept our limitations. Anyway I guess we can evaluate how well her patchwork will fulfil her needs better than adapting Harvey would have been … as Rex begins to address in his next post!

Anna Tsing is at best when she describes the way capital produces an expanding ‘frontier culture’: East Dane Designer Frictiin Fashion.

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