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Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (Cultural Studies) Paperback – May 17, 1995


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  • Series: Cultural Studies
  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (May 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859840515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859840511
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Shopping malls, motorways, airport lounges—we are all familiar with these curious spaces which are both everywhere and nowhere. But only now do we have coherent analysis of their far-reaching effects on public and private experience. Marc Auge has become their anthropologist, and has written a timely and original book.”—Patrick Wright, author of The Village That Died for England

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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112 of 133 people found the following review helpful By graduate student from New York University on December 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Marc Augé's book "non-places" explores the interstitial places between the 'significant and meaningful' spaces that he calls 'place'. He starts with a prologue about a man traveling from Paris by airplane. The man draws money, waits on the highway, enters the airport, then the airplane itself. All the while his reality is suffused with the advertising, the bright lights, digital displays, glass and polished walkways of places that are not quite places in Augé's sense, but which acquire their identity from their being on the way to other places, near or far. These 'non-places' are the declared interest of Augé.
But in the first chapter he conducts a very general study of 'the contemporary world' with the goal to find possible objects for anthropological investigation, which in the end turn out to be these 'non-places'. They seem to be the answer to the question posed by Augé, "whether there are any aspects of contemporary social life that seem to be accessible to anthropological investigation" (p. 16).
Augé observes three kinds of accelerated transformations that are responsible for what he eventually calls 'supermodernity'. Speaking about time he states an "acceleration of history" (p. 26) which leads to an overabundance of events. Secondly Augé finds a surplus in the realm of space: "the excess of space is correlative with the shrinking of the planet" (p. 31) which leads to a spatial overabundance. His third 'figure of excess', as he calls them, is "the figure of the ego, the individual" (p. 36).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By may joseph on August 15, 2013
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Non-Place is a major theoretical contribution to the visualization of space. Auge's lucid and groundbreaking book is necessary reading for anyone interested in architecture, ethnography or urban planning. His writing is beautiful to read, and offers provocative theoretical tools for interpreting urban modernity.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erwin Losekoot on July 22, 2013
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One of those classic books that everyone (especially anyone interested in place and space) should read. Surprising how many people who quote him do not seem to have 'got' what he is saying...
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12 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
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I liked reading the book very much, because I'm doing a school work about the new relations between us and our territory, our new concept of the Space and time that we live in this modern times. And this book helped me to understand it better...
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