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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A one page example would probably do it. Sep 25, Evie rated it really liked it.

The book left me nonplussed, but the fact 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. Un gran bel libro di antropologia altro che quello di Fabietti! However, this is problematic: 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.

Auge tries poaces place the notion of non-places in the area of politics. Feb 16, Rebecca rated it really liked it. Feb 27, Simon rated it liked it. Barring the question of self-consciousness I identified myself in the supermarketwhich Auge does by separating an individual from a society, this intoduction 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.

By doing so in a seemingly arbitrary manner, he seems to be undermining his own argument. I would have expected two or three more chapters in which he’d actually do something with these notions; that would have made this book a much better read.

Auge does not suggest that supermodernity is all-encompassing: I think that it is possible to find examples of non-places in times preceding super-modernity. Videos About This Book. Otherwise, it’s a very well put together essay that you can read in a day if you’re up on your anthropology and French thinking.


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. Published May 17th by Verso first published April I don’t often say this, but; if this were a little longer, it would be a five star book.

A little gem of a meditation on the distinction between “anthropological places” formed by social bonds and collective history, and “non-places” of atomized, individual travel and consumption. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Of course, the problem might be that I’m just not that concerned with the intra-disciplinary crises of anthropology. English Imprint London ; New York: Auge is not reckless in his argument, and he mentions mentions, whereas it should be emphasized that the status of a non-place is fluid, preparing for such contingencies, but he never seems to give them any thought, as a result of which he creates the impression of being dismissive of them.

I must say though that it is quite difficult to grasp, especially when one did not study anthroplogy before, as Auge touches upon different anthropologist themes, which I have never encountered before. 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.

Mittekohas valitsevad aktuaalsus ja olevikuhetke pakilisus. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. I decided to read it as I was studying the literary cartography and the changes of maps throughout the centuries. The invasion of modern life by these “non-places” is central to this work. Furthermore, he draws very heavily on the work of Michel de Certeau, which he simply places in the context of what he calls ‘the three excesses of super-modernity’, which undermines the originality of his discussion.

Mar 18, Abbas Jaffer rated it it was amazing. Paperbackpages. I just find it somewhat bothersome that he– as an anthropological and geographic investigator– chooses to write his arguments through spiderwebs of Jesuitical axioms and the structure of myth rather than groundwork and legwork.


Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity

I also have an issue with his view that entering non-places takes away our identity in the social senseand we only are identified when entering or exiting a non-place. Interesting, but the signal to noise ratio is rather too high.

The same could be said about a specific supermarket or shopping center, particularly when it is not used as a place to engage in consumer activity, but a social space. Even at pages, the supermodernitg seems too long for the idea. Auge does not suggest that supermodernity is all-encompassing: Disappointed is some pseudo work about shopping centers Describe the connection issue.

Think off mall rats, who are just there, the young people who redefine these spaces by using them as places to go out for a date. Auge uses the concept of ‘supermodernity’ to describe the logic of these late-capitalist phenomena – a logic of excessive information and excessive space. Ci augd pure un rimando a Junkspace. Similarly the hotel room – it seems a non-place at first, but if we shift our attention to a concrete room, we may find history, e.

But think of the field trip, or when a group of people travel together, e. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Introduxtion account. This is the non-silly vein of French theory, grounded, urbane, a delight to read, crammed with provocative concepts presented in a graceful style. Browse related items Start at call number: His career can be divided into three stages, reflecting shifts in both his geographical focus and theoretical development: Jan 06, Erdem Tasdelen rated it liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Thought it was about places where civilization didnt reach or people escaped from it – deserts, forests, mountains.