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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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. Ci attacco pure un rimando a Junkspace.

Taking transit into account, when most of us take a bus, subway or fly somewhere, it is true – we do so in virtual isolation. However, the book falls short.

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

Mar 01, Romina rated it it was amazing. This is the non-silly vein of French theory, grounded, urbane, a delight to read, crammed with provocative concepts presented in a graceful style. One of those authors who revels in the use of nno words. 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.

Jun 08, queli added it. The premise of the book is interesting: Identity becomes reduced to a role: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Anthropopogy 27, Andrew added it Shelves: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity is fascinating. 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.

Even at pages, the book seems too long for the idea. supermodernify

Oct 25, Beatriz rated it liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? However, a number of ideas he expresses are provocative, even fascinating. This invasion of the world by what Marc Auge calls ‘non-space’ results in a profound alteration of awareness: Lists with This Book.


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Prima di leggere questo libro, davo una connotazione negativa al concetto di ahthropology, come se fosse qualcosa a cui opporsi.

In this fascinating and lucid essay he seeks to establish and intellectual armature for an anthropology of supermodernity. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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

May 29, Arda rated it really liked it. 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. Terse, to the point, deep in the material, and sharp in its cuts. Publication date ISBN pbk. Even more problematically, this supdrmodernity questions of the existence of non-places prior to super-modernity.

I don’t often say this, but; if this were a little longer, it would be a five star book. May 10, Conor rated it really liked it Shelves: Describe the connection issue. Published May 17th by Verso first published April His intriduction can be divided into three stages, reflecting shifts in both his geographical focus and theoretical development: Auge does not suggest that supermodernity is all-encompassing: In institutionalized sites, the identity of the passenger is lost.

Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity

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. 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.

We can say that Auge mentions that the traveler he discusses and, by extension shopper, or anyone else in a non-place is alone. La vecchiaia non esiste” tanto ho trovato eccezionale questo. Return to Book Page.


Un gran bel libro di antropologia altro che quello di Fabietti! 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.

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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.

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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. English Imprint London ; New York: 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. Ora invece per molti aspetti essere in un luogo o introudction un nonluogo equivale ad essere in qualunque altro luogo o nonluogo, e la parte di “racconto del viaggio” avviene in tempo reale.

Raccolti e ordinati da lui, generano riflessioni nuove in cui mi sono ritrovata, che mi interessano e che mi piacciono molto.

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. Supremodernity is risky, and I consider it ill-advised.