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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Refresh and try again. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In questo mondo sostanzialmente liquido irresistibile il parallelo con l’altro grande sociologo dei anthropologgy tempi: Even at pages, the book seems too long oc the idea. I must say though that it is quite difficult to grasp, It is an interesting introduction to the non-places theme, and not only for anthropologists mostly, though but also for laymen, just like me, who are into different themes in literature.

I think that it is possible to find examples of non-places in times preceding super-modernity. Oct 25, Beatriz rated it liked it Shelves: How does a modern day supermarket differ from a marketplace of years ago? To ask other readers questions about Non-Placesplease sign up.

No trivia or quizzes yet. May 10, Conor rated it really liked it Shelves: Even though this book came out in the s, the strength of its argument is that we see an even greater proliferation of non-places across the world today. Want to Read saving…. Identity becomes reduced to a role: But think of the field trip, or when a group of people travel anthropokogy, e.

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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. Starting with an attempt to disentangle anthropology from history, Auge goes on to map the distinction between placeencrusted with historical monuments and creative social life, and non-placeto which individuals are connected in a uniform manner and where no organic social life is possible.

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. However, a number of ideas he expresses are provocative, even fascinating. However, this is problematic: By doing so in a seemingly arbitrary manner, he seems to be undermining his own argument.


Prima di leggere questo libro, davo una connotazione negativa al concetto di nonluogo, come se fosse anthorpology a cui opporsi. In institutionalized sites, the identity of the passenger is lost. 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 intoduction which he creates the impression of being dismissive of them.

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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. At the same time, he noticed the proliferation, in the contemporary world, of spaces in which aute 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.

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. 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. 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: However, the book falls short.

Auge tries to place the notion of non-places in the area of politics.

Mittekohas valitsevad aktuaalsus ja olevikuhetke pakilisus. Thought it was about places where civilization didnt reach or people escaped from it – deserts, forests, mountains.

Nielsen Book Data An ever-increasing proportion of our lives is spent in supermarkets, airports and intrpduction, on motorways or in front of TVs, computer and cash machines.


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 emotional pull of having a ‘place’ of one’s own stands in stark contract to how mobility becomes a defining feature of contemporary life.

Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity

Videos About This Book. 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. This invasion of the world by what Marc Auge calls ‘non-space’ results in a profound alteration of awareness: 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.

As anthropological places create the organically, so non-places create solitary contractuality. Short, pithy and very perceptive work on the routes and contractual locations of contemporary society. Browse related items Start at call number: Unlike Baudelairean modernity, where old and new are interwoven, supermodernity is self-contained: 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.

I don’t often say this, but; if this were a little longer, it would be a five star book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Mar 02, ralowe rated it really liked it. Raccolti e ordinati da lui, generano riflessioni nuove in cui mi sono ritrovata, che mi interessano e che mi piacciono molto.