Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

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Princeton University Press, 2005 - Political Science - 321 pages
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A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the road; spinning in the air it goes nowhere. Rubbing two sticks together produces heat and light; one stick alone is just a stick. In both cases, it is friction that produces movement, action, effect. Challenging the widespread view that globalization invariably signifies a "clash" of cultures, anthropologist Anna Tsing here develops friction in its place as a metaphor for the diverse and conflicting social interactions that make up our contemporary world.

She focuses on one particular "zone of awkward engagement"--the rainforests of Indonesia--where in the 1980s and the 1990s 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. In response, environmental movements arose to defend the rainforests and the communities of people who live in them. 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.

Providing a portfolio of methods to study global interconnections, Tsing shows how curious and creative cultural differences are in the grip of worldly encounter, and how much is overlooked in contemporary theories of the global.


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the book is (by purpose) a puzzle out of many - sometimes ethnographic, sometimes analytical - parts. it is therefore not a very pleasant read. nothing is ever really summarized either. i wish tsing ... Read full review

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Great book to read while in Indonesia. Riddled with moments of brilliance, new ways of seeing things, and deep historical understandings of this country. Sangat impressed. Read full review

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The assigned book was Anna Tsing’s Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection (Princeton, 2005). Unlike Mitchell’s politico theoretical Rule of Experts, ... 2007/ 12/ messing-with-universal-on-anna-tsings.html

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Anna Tsing, Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, Princeton University Press, 2005. Gaston Gordillo, Landscapes of Devils: Tensions of Place and ... introduction/ faculty/ apandian/ DevSyllFall06.htm

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Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005. ISBN: 069112065X. Steingraber, Sandra. ... OcwWeb/ Science--Technology--and-Society/ STS-320Fall-2005/ Readings/

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2005 AES Senior Book Prize awarded (in a tie) to Anna L.Tsing for Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004) and to Michael ... node/ 36

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About the author (2005)

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of "In the Realm of the Diamond Queen" (Princeton).

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