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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, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2017. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback printingView all editions and formats
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"Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world - and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing's account of this sought-after fungi offers insights into areas far beyond just mushrooms and addresses a crucial question: what manages to live in the ruins we have made? [This book] is an original examination of the relationship between capitalist  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
ISBN: 0691178321 9780691178325
OCLC Number: 973761689
Description: xii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I: What's left?: Arts of noticing --
Contamination as collaboration --
Some problems with scale. --
Part II: After progress : salvage accumulation: Working the edge --
Open ticket, Oregon --
War stories --
What happened to the state? Two kinds of Asian Americans --
Between the dollar and the yen --
From gifts to commodities --
and back --
Salvage rhythms : business in disturbance. --
Part III: Disturbed beginnings : unintentional design: The life of the forest --
History --
Resurgence --
Serendipity --
Ruin --
Science as transition --
Flying spores. --
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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"Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world - and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing's account of this sought-after fungi offers insights into areas far beyond just mushrooms and addresses a crucial question: what manages to live in the ruins we have made? [This book] is an original examination of the relationship between capitalist destruction and collaborative survival within multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for continuing life on earth."--Page [4] of cover.

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