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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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 nonn space and social organization.

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

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 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. Nov 16, Cobertizo rated it it was amazing. Auge does not suggest that supermodernity is all-encompassing: A marvellous discussion of supermodernity, but I’m a little skeptical of the notion of non-spaces. Ci attacco pure un rimando a Junkspace.

Describe the connection issue. Most of what is original in the argument comes together in the last quarter, and while it features some interesting embroideries the textual character of non-places, for exampleeven that isn’t exactly mind-blowingly new stuff. Even at pages, the book seems too long for the idea. My friend gave the most amazing example when we were discussing this: When one visits a supermarket, or anything else that is deemed a non-place, and meets a colleague, friend, etc.


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Auge concentrates on defining what an anthropological space is, although people with even a fairly basic knowledge of anthropology will know this. Taking transit into account, when most of us take a bus, subway or fly somewhere, it is true – we do so in virtual isolation. Mar 18, Abbas Jaffer rated it it was amazing.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. First of all, his definition of “non-places” strikes me as pretty suspect an deeply rooted in some of the more discreditable brands of mid-century structuralist thought. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. 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.

Of course, the problem might be that I’m just not that concerned with the intra-disciplinary crises of anthropology.

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. This is risky, and I consider it ill-advised. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview.

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. Jun 08, queli added it.

Although i disagreed with his opinion that only places connected with transportation are non-places, it was still a very interesting book to read. Lists with This Book.

It seems to me that all places are potentially non-places, and all spaces that are framed as non-places in this book are potentially anthropological places introductioh.

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.


In this fascinating and lucid essay he seeks to establish and intellectual armature for an anthropology of supermodernity. 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.

For the author, this is symptomatic of the experience of “supermodernity” or late-capitalist existence. Auge does not suggest that supermodernity is all-encompassing: Mi domando come sia possibile che nella parte in cui parla dei viaggiatori intesi come quelli che si muovonotralasci totalmente di citare Kerouak.

In questo mondo sostanzialmente liquido irresistibile il parallelo con l’altro grande sociologo dei nostri tempi: An ever-increasing proportion of our lives is spent in supermarkets, airports and hotels, on motorways or in front of TVs, computer and cash machines. I think that it is possible to find examples of non-places in times preceding super-modernity. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

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These theorists who seem to prioritize elegant writing over systematic knowledge are sometimes brilliant Benjamin, Barthes and sometimes blithering Baudrillard, Certeau. Return to Book Page. Auge tries to place the notion of non-places in the area of politics. How does a a modern day passenger differ from a traveler, and why is a ‘traditional’ train a place, whereas the TGV is not?

The premise of the book is interesting: Prima di leggere questo libro, davo una connotazione negativa al concetto di nonluogo, come se fosse qualcosa a cui opporsi.