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The mushroom at the end of the world : on the possibility of life in capitalist ruins

Author: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2015.
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"A tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, The Mushroom at the End of the World follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism. Here, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, Finnish nature guides, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
ISBN: 9780691162751 0691162751 9781400873548 1400873541
OCLC Number: 894777646
Awards: Winner of Bloomberg Businessweek's Best Books of the Year 2016
Winner of Winner of the 2016 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, Society for Humanistic Anthropology 2016
Commended for Northern California Book Awards in General Nonfiction, Northern California Book Reviewers 2016
Short-listed for "Flavorwire"'s 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers 2015
Short-listed for "Kirkus Reviews" Best Nonfiction Books of the Year in Science 2015
Short-listed for "Kirkus Reviews" Best Nonfiction Books of the Year in Business and Economics 2015
Short-listed for "Times Higher Education"'s Best Books of the Year 2015
Description: xii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Autumn aroma --
Part I: What's left? Arts of noticing ; Contamination as collaboration ; Some problems with scale --
Interlude: Smelling --
Part II: After progress : salvage accumulation. Working the edge. Freedom ... ; Open ticket, Oregon ; War stories ; What happened to the state? : two kinds of Asian Americans. ... in translation ; Between the dollar and the yen ; From gifts to commodities- and back ; Salvage rhythms : business in disturbance --
Interlude: Tracking --
Part III: Disturbed beginnings : unintentional design. The life of the forest. Coming up among pines ... ; History ; Resurgence ; Serendipity ; Ruin. ... in gaps and patches ; Science as translation ; Flying spores --
Interlude: Dancing --
Part IV: In the middle of things. Matsutake crusaders : waiting for fungal action ; Ordinary assets ; Anti-ending : some people I met along the way --
Spore trail : the further adventures of a mushroom.
Responsibility: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing.

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"A tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, The Mushroom at the End of the World follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism. Here, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, Finnish nature guides, and more. These companions also lead us into fungal ecologies and forest histories to better understand the promise of cohabitation in a time of massive human destruction."--Amazon.com.

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