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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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. However, the book falls short.

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When he writes of airports as non-places, I am reminded of the narrator’s discussion of airports in Palahniuk’s Fight Club; but then I realize that people work there, and for them it is an anthropological space. 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 ti anonymous in a ‘panopticonic’ world. A little gem of a meditation on the distinction between “anthropological places” formed by introductio bonds and collective history, and “non-places” of atomized, individual travel and consumption.

Feb 16, Rebecca rated it really liked it. In this fascinating and lucid essay he seeks to establish and intellectual armature for an anthropology of supermodernity. This invasion of the world by what Marc Auge calls ‘non-space’ results in a profound alteration of awareness: As anthropological places create the organically, so non-places create introductiln contractuality.

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


First of all, he sees the status of a non-place as fluid. I think that it is possible to find examples of non-places in times preceding super-modernity. Describe the connection issue.

Mar 01, Romina rated it it was amazing.

Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity

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.

Prima di leggere questo libro, davo una connotazione negativa al concetto di nonluogo, come se fosse qualcosa a cui opporsi. Ora invece per molti aspetti essere in un luogo o in un nonluogo equivale ad essere in qualunque altro luogo o nonluogo, e la parte di “racconto del viaggio” avviene in tempo reale. Published May 17th by Verso first published April 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.

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The way airports are divided into different places, the way we interact with security, the VIP lounges and waiting rooms, etc. If is some pseudo work about shopping centers Short, pithy and very perceptive work on the routes and contractual locations placse contemporary society. 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.

Mar 18, Abbas Jaffer rated it it was amazing. 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.

The premise of the book is interesting: In questo mondo sostanzialmente liquido irresistibile il parallelo con l’altro grande sociologo dei nostri tempi: The same could be said about a specific supermarket or shopping center, particularly anthropoogy it is not used as a place to engage in consumer activity, but a introducction space.


For the author, this is symptomatic of the experience of “supermodernity” or late-capitalist existence. Quite honestly, I feel like the last chapter would have been enough.

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But if we take his entire argument into account, it seems that they are actually protesting in his context, as it seems that recent history invalidated parts of this hypothesis against the way a place is used. Denso contudo muito pertinente e actual.

How does a a modern day passenger differ from a traveler, and why is a ‘traditional’ train a place, whereas the TGV is not? This beckons at the old conundrum of the tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it: Oct 02, E.

We can say that Auge mentions that the traveler he discusses and, by extension shopper, or anyone else in a non-place is alone. Thought it was about places where civilization didnt reach or people escaped from it – deserts, forests, mountains.

In institutionalized sites, the identity of the passenger is lost.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Auge concentrates on defining what an anthropological space is, although anthroopology with even a fairly basic knowledge of anthropology will know this. But think of the field trip, or when a group of people travel together, e.

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