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Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing has just published a brilliant book on the global trade in a certain kind of mushroom. Each spreads through aspirations to fulfill universal dreams and schemes. And so she focuses on what she calls zones of awkward engagement or cultural friction. It is not a question of preferring the local, the different, the marginal or the specific to the abstract, the global or the universal. In that sense this is not postcolonial theory. But on the other hand, this is not one of those approaches, Marxist for example, where the totality is the first and last cause of what happens in local situations.

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Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. 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. In response, environmental movements arose to defend the rainforests and the communities of people who live in them.

The book also proposes a highly original perspective of the global thrust of capital. Anna Tsing is at best when she describes the way capital produces an expanding 'frontier culture': a dense and murky story of fragments and fluidity, of hurdles and clashes that disrupt the neo-liberal theater of clarity.

For an Indonesian reader, her work is a gift; it hints at the feasibility of hope—or at least the mingling of despair and hope.

For a thinking activist, it suggests a fresh theory of action. Introducing the notion of 'engaged universals,' it brings home the role of 'utopian critiques. One of the most important books in anthropology to appear in the past decade, it defines a field rather than simply fitting into one. This is the first sustained ethnography by a major anthropologist of Indonesia to address the post-Soeharto period.

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. Ethnographically rigorous, brilliantly perceptive, and passionately engaged, this is the kind of writing we would all like to be able to produce.

Tsing's brilliant innovation in this book is to talk in terms of 'collaboration' rather than conflict. One of the many enjoyable aspects of Friction is its continuation of the story Tsing introduced in her previous book, of the original and creative program of scholarship she is famously known for. This will be a much-discussed contribution to the anthropology of cosmopolitanism and transnational interconnection.

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Anna Tsing

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing born is an American Anthropologist. Tsing received her B. On receiving her doctoral degree, she served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder and as an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst She then, joined UC Santa Cruz. She has contributed, and written several articles and books on a broad range of anthropological subjects. In , she received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. 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. In response, environmental movements arose to defend the rainforests and the communities of people who live in them.

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