Reading circle: let’s do Friction

People had a lot of great ideas about what to read over the summer, and in the end it looked to me like we had three top favorites: E.T. Cultures, Ferguson’s new Africa Book, and Friction. I personally want to dip into E.T. Cultures, and of course by now on the blog there is some demand to take a serious look at the Ferguson. However, Friction is a nice size and ‘award-winning’ which makes it enticing as well. Why don’t we start there and see if we can’t move through the other books, or see what other forms of ‘scholarly communication’ the reading circle can morph into?

So, Friction by Anna Tsing it is. I’ll post my comments on pages 1-50 on 5 June, and we can be off. I’m looking forward to it!

UPDATE: Below is are links to all the posts in this series:


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at

4 thoughts on “Reading circle: let’s do Friction

  1. I’ll have to order the Tsing. Whether it gets here by June 5 and whether I’m here (I may be in Texas with my new grandchild) may render my participation impossible.

  2. Although I said that June will be bad for me, I too ordered the book. Because I ordered it internationally from Amazon US it might come after June 5th, but I’ll do what I can.

  3. I am happy to report that I now own Frictions. was able to deliver within 48 hours.

    When do we start?

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