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

Making Kin in the Chthulucene Experimental Futures. Interestingly, an indigenous environmental politics is still in some senses a universal or abstract one. On the contrary, their movements are a messy process whereby they are taken ana by all sorts of people — international financiers, project managers at the Ford Foundation, Indonesian nationalists, student activists, village leaders, subaltern women — who invest them with new and unintended meanings.

In both cases, it is friction that produces movement, action, effect. Why only three stars then? The book also proposes a highly original perspective of the global thrust of capital.

Tsing is particularly interested in trans-national environmental activism after the fall of New Order. The only anthropologist I can think of that gets anywhere close is Malinowski, who was, after all, strongly influenced by Conrad.

I can hang with this mostly since she is talking about what I want to hear: I love processual theory. Rex, do I take it that you have a high opinion of Tsing but not Taussig? His grandfather is continuing to read Tsing in parallel with Taussig and, while not yet ready to point with conviction to specifics, continues to note parallels in tone and manner that seem linked to the aims attributed by Karl the critic cited by Taussig to Conrad.


I think she can reflect much more effectively if she were a bit more direct to the point. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The setting is Kalimantan, Indonesia in the s.

For those of us now attempting to come to terms with a strange political landscape of instability, Tsing offers both illuminating insight and useful tools. There is a long standing tradition of university students forming clubs for hiking and other outdoors activities.

It is the fourth most populous country in the world and the biggest Muslim-majority country. She shows us that it’s far from inevitable, and with plenty of rich description, ethnography and theoretical analysis, and writes about pockets of societies that have been affected by capitalism. Princeton University Press Amazon.

Nor are such non-productive considerations absent. She tells the story of how environmentalism travels in this frictional manner. It irks me because while she is frank and clear about the devastating effects of capitalism — especially on rain forests — I wish that realist sensibility would have pervaded the overall tone of the book. See and discover other items: It is a claim that complexity can only be handled as narrative.

Radin took his Ph. Tsing includes a large cast here: Perhaps this is more important than we ordinarily think. For example, it makes an interesting point of comparison to the invisibility of nomads to the Israeli state, about which Eyal Weizman has written.

I see rhetoric, not theory. Recommended to Naeem by: Challenging the universality of the commodity form is going to take a lot of collaborations among disparate forms of knowing and working in which universals are deployed in local situations. Nature lover culture is part scout troop, part nature romanticism, and part commercial adventure.

The forest people are outlaws and trespassers. Nov 02, Tori rated it liked it Shelves: I think its that I believe that Tsing vastly overestimates how much friction de-fangs capitalism. I’m often surprised how small the book seems for the amount of writing it holds. Jul 14, Andika rated it it was amazing.


Anyone else you know who is working on the latest twists and turns in American kinship systems? Challenging the widespread view that globalization I bought a copy a few weeks later.

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Apr 25, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 14, g rated it it was amazing Shelves: Are we anthro suckers just supposed to ignore that? 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.

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. The Chipko story has been popularized by the Indian ecofeminist activist Vandana Shiva. About Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. Humans are limited and we should accept our limitations.

They could be brought to bear on questions of the environment ftiction the extent that the state itself was conflicted about the relative merits of conservation and development. Rather than dissecting the theorectical assertitions which I find a little indulgent especially those diagrams that are both serious and lighthearted I find myself asking Is this a template for future anthropological writing?

However, this is just a quibble, as Tsing also forwards a range of theoretical propositions that succeed tsng elaborating both her research subjects and a tentative sense fricttion hope.