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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In this context, Tsing observes activists at work trying to stop logging in Kalimantan, and drawing on abstract, affective, transnational forces to do so.

I also disagree that the definition of empiricism has anything to do with prediction. 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 through awkward chains of legal and illegal entrepreneurs that wrested the land from previous claimants, creating resources for distant markets.

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To ask other readers questions about Frictionplease sign up. Evolutionary theory does not have to put up with its object of study constantly messing with its rules of change, unlike social theory — given this, social theories should be messier, and take longer to develop into robust paradigms, and will probably always be challenged by that nasty old empirical world.

Txing is a long standing tradition of university students forming clubs for hiking and other outdoors activities.

Reading on, I find myself jotting down phrases that seem to me to capture something important. They are young and cosmopolitan in outlook. Whenever we want to trace the limits of hegemony, we need to look for gaps.


Refresh and try again. As I read on with this book I am curious as to how much it would help to have more detailed information specifically about the politics and anthropology of Indonesia and the surrounding region.

There are many more stories about false claims to gold, about a environmentalist mountain climber who endorses cigarettes, about a certain story travels from Frictoon Chico Mendesto India Chipkoto Indonesia. Nov 21, Naeem rated it liked it Recommends it for: I don’t think Ttsing have the appetite to pick it up again.

Dec 31, Kalynda rated it it was amazing Shelves: But here I stand, like Tsing, trapped in the maddening ambiguities of a world that feels quite mad. And I stand by my claims that Anthropologists are all too ready to fall into such empiricist traps.

My high peronal opinion of Tsing makes it difficult to image her as being on a par with Taussig.

Humans are limited and we should accept our limitations. An Ethnography of Global Connection. So I find it funny to see him now focusing on the evocative nature frkction the prose which I agree is evocative and well written for an anthropologist rather than focus on how it moves the field forward. Which goes to show that this rhetorical strategy that has been around for some time and Tsing is not necessarily innovating here.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

Jeez enough of the wailing about the state of the discipline! Today we start the summer reading circle by discussing the preface and introduction of Friction through to about page Not even a whisper here of a child as a symbol of alliance between two larger families.


It is so amazingly complicated and complex it is unreadable. Tsing is an anthropologist who uses interrelated ethnographies of s Indonesia to discuss how what she calls “universals”–namely capital, knowledge, and social justice movements–are always necessarily altered when they encounter a specific site. So fingers crossed there is lots more of that to come, and lots less of the kind of writing that appeared in the introduction.

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

I just worry about ana too glib in expressing those limitations. Governance requires rationalization, clarity and order. Rex, do I take it that you have a high opinion of Tsing but not Taussig?

There is no clear demarcation between what is wild and what is cultivated. 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.

I really liked her in these sections. I only hope I can write a quarter as well as Tsing frcition I have to write my dissertation! First, there is a lot of theory talk. When the currency fell in the late 90s, Indonesian coal became competitive with Australian coal, despite the poor infrastructure.