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Friction : an Ethnography of Global Connection.

Author: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt.
Friction : An Ethnography of Global Connection.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
ISBN: 9781400830596 1400830591
OCLC Number: 767502802
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface; Introduction; I: Prosperity; "Better you had brought me a bomb, so I could blow this place up"; 1 Frontiers of Capitalism; "They communicate only in sign language"; 2 The Economy of Appearances; II: Knowledge; "Let a new Asia and a new Africa be born"; 3 Natural Universals and the Global Scale; "Dark rays"; 4 Nature Loving; "This earth, this island Borneo"; 5 A History of Weediness; III: Freedom; "A hair in the flour"; 6 Movements; "Facilities and incentives"; 7 The Forest of Collaborations; Coda; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O. Pr; s; t; u; v; w; y.

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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.

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