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For Marc Augé, best-selling author of Non-Places, the prevailing idea of “the Future” rests on our present fears of the contemporary world. It is to the future that we look for redemption and progress; but it is also where we project our personal and apocalyptic anxieties. By questioning notions of certainty, truth, and totality, Augé finds ways to separate the future from ...more
Paperback, 1st, 106 pages
Published 2014 by Verso (first published 2012)
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Trevor
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are books I sometimes think of as white-board books. It is like someone has put a mind map up on a white-board of all the things they can think of on a particular topic and then used that as the basis to write their book. A book I read years and years ago called Adam’s Navel was just this. I barely remember it now, but I think the author had something wrong with him and so was trapped in bed for months and while there he tried to think of all of the parts of his body and all of the curious ...more
Mack
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raises a lot of interesting concepts and there were a handful of lines that I found noteworthy, but overall I found this book to be disjointed and unremarkable
Emanuela
Lettura abbastanza difficoltosa, almeno fino alla metà del libro, per la forma non proprio lineare ed il protrarsi di argomenti non sempre strettamente inerenti che l'autore poteva risolvere con delle sintesi più efficaci.
D'altronde è indispensabile leggere tutta questa lunga premessa per capire la seconda metà del libro dove i capitoli sono più sciolti ed anche operativi specialmente in ordine all'innovazione e all'educazione. Per l'autore che è un etnologo, infatti, sono capisaldi
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V Mignon
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Interesting, but also depressing. More later.
Danae
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mega revelador respecto a ciencia y futuro. Se va por las ramas y me encanta, de alguna manera mete a Madame Bovary en el análisis de capitalismo y tecnología. Seco
Avşar
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Auge, at least in this book, does not present a distinguishable authoring style that you can get used to. This makes the reading experience particularly difficult.
In addition to that, he gives no references and when he gives, it is very difficult to understand what they are or refer to anyway.
If feels like subject-wise his thoughts are all over the place and this ambition and abundance of issues made me feel like I am having five different main courses -cooked for other people- simultaneously.
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Nate Rennick
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the first several chapters have beats similar to Mark Fisher's Capitalist realism, it follows a singular cultural text for the majority of it's analysis (Madame Bovary) which I found a compelling way to ground his analysis of broader culturally and psychologically imposed narratives.
Mo
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
While raising interesting thoughts it certainly misses a good structure and cohesion. Also some references and footnotes could have been helpful.
Ivana
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-fic, saj-faj
"Nor do we know where the adventure of knowledge will take us. ... That outcome will never be known, for knowledge is unending, but we might perhaps focus on the fact that our most spectacular cities, the ones where new cathedrals of mercantile capitalism are clustered, increasingly resemble spaceships out of science fiction or the sort of buildings that man of some still-remote day will construct on other planets. As it we were already busy setting up the background scenery of our future."
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Marc Augé is a French anthropologist. His career can be divided into three stages, reflecting shifts in both his geographical focus and theoretical development: early (African), middle (European) and late (Global). These successive stages do not involve a broadening of interest or focus as such, but rather the development of a theoretical apparatus able to meet the demands of the growing ...more
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