Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity [Marc Auge, John Howe] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An ever-increasing proportion of. This invasion of the world by what Marc Augé calls “non-space” results in a profound alteration of awareness: something we perceive, but only in a partial and. Marc Augé’s Non-places: Introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity is a work charged with creating, in own terms, an ‘anthropology of the near,’ i.e.

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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. The aue ethnologist’s activity throughout is the activity of a social surveyor, a manipulator of scales, a low-level comparative language expert: Thus it is not surprising that it is among solitary ‘travellers’ of the last century – not professional travellers or scientists, but travellers on impulse or for unexpected reasons – that plaves are most likely to find prophetic evocations of spaces in which neither identity, nor relations, nor history really make any sense; spaces in which solitude is experienced as an overburdening or emptying of individuality, in which only the movement of the fleeting images enables the observer to hypothesize the existence of a past and glimpse the possibility of a future.

This beckons at the old conundrum of the tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it: Historical depth is vaunted in the same breath as openness to the outside world, as if the one were equivalent to the other.

This combination of spaces corresponds to a certain institutional complexity. El avance de la “supermodernidad” sobre nosotros, como nos dejamos avasallar por ella, muchas veces sin cuestionarla, aceptando sus mandatos como algo natural. The proposition is certainly dubious when it is applied to the life sciences, nor am I sure that these are cumulative in the sense implied by Dumont’s phrase: Cultures ‘work’ like green timber, and for extrinsic and intrinsic reasons never constitute finished totalities; while individuals, however simple we imagine them to be, are never quite simple enough to become detached from the order that assigns them a position: They thus enable people to think in terms of continuity through the generations.

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Perhaps we should say a renewed doubt, strangely reminiscent of the one in which Paul Hazard thought he could discern, at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the root of the quarrel between the Ancients and Moderns and the crisis of European consciousness.

Every unexpected event, even one that is wholly predictable and recurrent from the ritual point placez view like birth, illness or deathdemands to be interpreted not, really, in order to be known, but in order to be recognized: To ask other readers questions about Non-Placesplease sign up. Strangely, it is a set of breaks and discontinuities in space that expresses continuity in time. An Introduction to Supermodernity.

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Place is completed through the word, through the allusive exchange of a few passwords between speakers who are conniving in private complicity. A space where everything is to hand and nothing is lacking N dividuality, to the fleeting, the temporary and ephemeral, offers the anthropologist and others a new object, whose unprecedented dimensions might usefully be measured before we start wondering to what sort of gaze it may be amenable.

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. He bought a bottle of cognac something French for his Asian clients and a box of cigars for himself. In his view a number of great examples of the world architecture seem to be addressed to global society, which, however, does not yet exist. The question is whether there are any aspects of contemporary social life that seem to be accessible to anthropological investigation, in the same way that questions of kinship, marriage, bequest, exchange, and so on, came to the attention of anthropologists of the elsewhere, initially as empirical objects, then as objects of reflection intellectual objects.

But there are other, different research objects, which do require attention to be given to procedures of transformation or change, to gaps, initiatives, transgressions, and so forth. He strolled past the window-displays of luxury goods, glancing briefly at their jewellery, clothing and scent bottles, then called at the bookshop where he leafed through a couple of magazines before choosing an undemanding book: Apart from this, the problematic character of all established order would perhaps never manifest itself as such through wars, revolts, conflicts, tensions – without the triggering flick of an individual initiative.

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

Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity by Marc Augé

Notify me of new posts by email. There is nothing to suggest that, yesterday or today, the image of a closed and selfsufficient world could ever – even to those who diffuse it and therefore identifY with it – be anything other than a useful and necessary image: But, as Michel de Certeau was aware, these tricks and these arts of doing refer sometimes to the multiplicity of average individuals the ultimate in concretenesssometimes to the average of individuals an abstraction. In very large part, it serves as a substitute for the universes which ethnology has traditionally made its own.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Starobinski’s article begins significantly with a quotation from the first poem in Baudelaire’s Tableaux parisiens, where the spectacle of modernity brings together in a single poetic flight: The distinction between places and non-places derives from the opposition between place and space. But the singular augge of the production of meaning, 36 37 r Non-Places The Near and the Elsewhere backed by a whole advertising apparatus which talks of the body, the senses, the freshness of living and a whole political language hinged on the theme of individual freedomsis interesting nln itself.

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Nobody expresses this point of view better than Pierre Nora, in his preface to the first volume of Lieux de memoire: The layout of the house, the rules of residence, the zoning of the village, placement of altars, configuration of public open spaces, land distribution, correspond for every individual to a system of possibilities, prescriptions and interdicts whose content is both spatial and social.

But it may also give rise to fantasies and illusions: 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. Among dozens of noisy taxi drivers she waved down a rickshaw-taxi, in which she probably had to sweat for the next half hour in a traffic jam.

It is obvious to anyone who has done fieldwork that ethnological inquiry has limitations which are also assets, and that the ethnologist needs to delineate augf approximate limits of a bon that he will study, and that will acknowledge him.

Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity

Examples of non-places would be motorwayshotel roomsairports and shopping malls. Existing in these spaces temporarily distances one from the worries of an environment and provides a sense of liberation, of empty-mindedness.

Mar 02, Kareem Brakat rated it liked aufe Shelves: For instance, a shopping mall is not a non-place for a person who works there every day.

In so uage as the culturalist view of societies tries to be systematic, its limitations are obvious: A few preliminary remarks may help to clarifY this reflection on the anthropology of the near. Doubtless they derive a particular efficacy from happening in a place where the intimacy between the living and the dead was once expressed in more everyday fashion: Neither the culture located in time and space, nor the individuals in which it is embodied, defines a base level of identity above which any otherness would become unthinkable.

Certainly, we all plqces Hugues Capet and the Revolution of in the same spirit; we are still capable of confronting each other fiercely over differences in our relations with our common past and the contradictory interpretations of events pllaces have marked it.

It deals with all forms of other: It deals with the other in the present; that is sufficient to distinguish it from history. Views Read Edit View history. Terse, to the point, deep in the material, and sharp in its cuts.

These theorists who seem to prioritize elegant writing over systematic knowledge are sometimes brilliant Benjamin, Barthes and sometimes blithering Baudrillard, Certeau.