Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection / Edition 1

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection / Edition 1

by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
     
 

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ISBN-10: 069112065X

ISBN-13: 9780691120652

Pub. Date: 11/08/2004

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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,

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691120652
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/08/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
987,857
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1

PART I: Prosperity
"Better you had brought me a bomb, so I could blow this place up" 21

Chapter 1: Frontiers of Capitalism 27
"They communicate only in sign language" 51
Chapter 2: The Economy of Appearances 55

PART II: Knowledge
"Let a new Asia and a new Africa be born" 81

Chapter 3: Natural Universals and the Global Scale 88
"Dark rays" 113
Chapter 4: Nature Loving 121
"This earth, this island Borneo" 155
Chapter 5: A History of Weediness 171

PART III: Freedom
"A hair in the flour" 205

Chapter 6: Movements 213
"Facilities and incentives" 239
Chapter 7: The Forest of Collaborations 245
Coda 269
Notes 273
References 297
Index 313

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