Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity [Marc Auge, John Howe] on seeks to establish an intellectual armature for an anthropology of supermodernity . Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, New York-London, Verso is that supermodernity produces non-places, meaning spaces which are not. Non-places: introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity. Responsibility: Marc Augé ; translated by John Howe. Uniform Title: Non-lieux. English; Imprint.
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This is the non-silly vein of French theory, grounded, urbane, a delight to read, crammed with provocative concepts presented in a graceful style. These successive stages do not involve a broadening of interest or focus as such, but rather the development of a theoretical apparatus able to meet the demands of the growing conviction that the local can no longer be understood except as a part of the complicated global whole.
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To ask other readers questions about Non-Placesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. For the author, this is symptomatic of the experience of “supermodernity” or late-capitalist existence. Is a modern mom and pop store a non-place? The hypothesis advanced here is that supermodernity produces non-places, meaning spaces which are not themselves anthropological places and which, unlike Baudelairean modernity, do not integrate the earlier places: Sep 25, Evie rated it really liked it.
At the same time he often is vague on the concept of non-places, as a result of which I have so much doubts about the concept that I do not see it as a usefu The premise of the book is interesting: Even though this book came out in the supermdernity, the strength of its argument is that we see an even greater proliferation of non-places across the world today.
Oct 25, Beatriz rated it liked it Shelves: Prima di leggere questo libro, davo una connotazione negativa al concetto di nonluogo, come se fosse qualcosa a cui opporsi. The book explores the distinction between “place”, encrusted with historical meaning and creative of social life, and “non-place”, to which individuals are connected in a uniform, bureaucratic manner and where no organic social life is possible. Auge uses the concept of ‘supermodernity’ to describe the logic supermodernnity these late-capitalist phenomena – a logic of excessive information and excessive space.
Barring the question of self-consciousness I identified myself in the supermarketwhich Auge does by separating an individual from a society, this is not, again, limited only to super-modernity, but to a broader question of how society functions also think of taboo places that existed, had an anthropological role as myths, but were not ventured into.
But he argues powerfully that we are in transit through non-place for more and more of our time, as if between immense parentheses, and concludes that this new form of solitude should become the supernodernity of an anthropology of its own.
The book left me nonplussed, but the introducction that I wrote such a long and likely rambling review shows that it has the potential to challenge certain assumptions, and definitely is thought provoking, despite of its shortcomings.
But he argues powerfully that we are in transit through non-place for more and more of our time, as if between immense parentheses, and concludes that this new form of solitude should become the subject of an anthropology of its own.
Furthermore, the assumption that one is anonymous in such non-spaces, an individual without links to the community seems either myopic or deemphasizing the way a space is used by those visiting it. Open Preview See a Problem? Similarly the hotel room – it seems a non-place at first, but if we shift our supermodenrity to a concrete room, we may find history, e. Second of all, sticking to the airport, we can easily see it as a anthropological place despite its super-modern qualities.
Tentatively I think that the book suffers from comparisons to other anthropological texts, while ignoring western historicity and being vague about a number of differences. I wish the edition I have kept the original title, rather than dropping “an anthropology of. This beckons at the old conundrum of the tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it: Libro breve ma onn, a tratti addirittura ostico, involuto.
In this fascinating and lucid essay he seeks to establish and intellectual armature for an anthropology of supermodernity. Raccolti e ordinati da lui, generano riflessioni nuove in cui mi sono ritrovata, che mi interessano e che mi piacciono molto.
Physical description p. English Imprint London ; New York: Nielsen Book Data An ever-increasing proportion of our lives is spent in supermarkets, airports and hotels, on motorways or in front of TVs, computer and cash machines.
Terse, to the point, deep in the material, and sharp in its cuts. Thanks for telling us about the problem. If it is for this quality that he believes such places are e. I especially enjoyed the prologue for the book, which at first confuses and surprises but if you go on reading the book, it all becomes clear.
Publication date ISBN pbk. Although the two sets of relations overlap to a large extent, and in any case officially individuals travel, make purchases, relaxthey are still not confused with one another; for non-places mediate a whole mass of relations, with the self and with others, which are only indirectly connected with their purposes.
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Even at pages, the book seems too long for the idea. Interesting, but the signal to noise ratio is rather too high.
The supefmodernity of modern life by these “non-places” is central to this work. The premise of the book is interesting: My friend gave the most amazing example when we were discussing this: Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview.
Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity
No trivia or quizzes yet. His book is useful because it offers a theoretical framework for understanding why we think of some places the way we do, in particular there is a description of places that can put us in contact with a social structure, because there is a very close, consubstantial link between space and social organization. How does a modern day supermarket differ from a marketplace of years ago? At the same time he often is vague on the concept of non-places, as a result of which I have so much doubts about the concept that I do not see it as a useful tool.
Short, pithy and very perceptive work on the routes and contractual locations of contemporary society. Desde que tengo memoria me han fascinado los lugares impersonales. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This argument completely falls apart if you use cash rather than a check or credit card an issue Auge adroitly avoids, which is problematic in light of the view that we are always observed and never anonymous in a ‘panopticonic’ world.
At the same time, he noticed the proliferation, in the contemporary world, of spaces in which no lasting social relations are established transit spaces, spaces people pass throughhe suggested calling those spaces non-places to suggest that in those contexts there were a total absence of symbolic ties, and evident social deficits.