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Author LinkTsing, Anna Lowenhaupt.
Title LinkFriction : an ethnography of global connection / Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2005.
Description xiv, 321 p. :  ill. ;  25 cm.
Type of Material Book
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-312) and index.
Contents Contents: Introduction -- Prosperity: "Better you had brought me a bomb, so I could blow this place up" -- Frontiers of capitalism -- "They communicate only in sign language" -- The economy of appearances -- Knowledge: "Let a new Asia and a new Africa be born" -- Natural universals and the global scale -- "Dark rays" -- Nature loving -- "This earth, this island Borneo" -- A history of weediness -- Freedom: "A hair in the flour" -- Movements -- "Facilities and incentives" -- The forest of collaborations.
Summary "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." --p. [4] of cover.
Subject LinkIntercultural communication.
LinkInternational economic relations.
LinkInternational relations.
LinkEthnology.
LinkGlobalization.
Subject LinkEthnology.
LinkGlobalization.
LinkIntercultural communication.
LinkInternational economic relations.
LinkInternational relations.

System Number 000682001
ISBN Link0691120641 (alk. paper)
Link9780691120645 (alk. paper)
Link069112065X (pbk. : alk. paper)
Link9780691120652 (pbk. : alk. paper)

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