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Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,194 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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. This invasion of the world by what Marc Auge calls ‘non-space’ results in a profound alteration of awareness: something we perceive, but only in a partial and incoherent manner. Auge uses the concept of ‘supermodernity’ to d ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published May 17th 1995 by Verso (first published April 1992)
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Mar 27, 2012 added it
Shelves: theeeeeeory
Augé, like any number of other "theorists," is almost more of a belle-lettrist than a philosopher or social scientist. These theorists who seem to prioritize elegant writing over systematic knowledge are sometimes brilliant (Benjamin, Barthes) and sometimes blithering (Baudrillard, Certeau). I'm not quite sure which Augé is.

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. Howe
I luoghi antropologici creano un sociale organico, i nonluoghi creano una contrattualità solitaria.

Libro breve ma denso, a tratti addirittura ostico, involuto. Antropologia con tratti esistenzialistici, pervasa da una sensazione di palpabile angoscia, basata sul dato incontrovertibile che la modernità (o surmodernità, come la definisce lui) è sovrabbondante, di una sovrabbondanza isterica e deleteria (strade, svincoli, ipermercati, mezzi di trasporto, i non luoghi, i luoghi di passaggio, di pas
Erdem Tasdelen
Jan 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: masr520
A marvellous discussion of supermodernity, but I'm a little skeptical of the notion of non-spaces. 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 too. My friend gave the most amazing example when we were discussing this: an airport is not a non-place for a person who works at the airport and goes there every day. Therefore this is a very loose definition, and to be fair Augé does acknowle ...more
Mirosław Aleksander
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
The premise of the book is interesting: non-places lack the significance to be really considered as spaces; they are spaces that are not, anthropologically, places. However, the book falls short. Auge concentrates on defining what an anthropological space is, although people with even a fairly basic knowledge of anthropology will know this. At the same time he often is vague on the concept of non-places, as a result of which I have so much doubts about the concept that I do not see it as a usefu ...more
Kareem Brakat
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: فلسفة
اللا أمكنة مفهوم يحاول من خلاله مارك أوجيه التفرقة بين المكان الانثروبولوجي الذي يتميز بأنه هوياتي وعلائقي وتاريخي الذي يشتبك مع الأفراد الموجودين داخل حدوده ويدخل في علاقة جدليه معهم بحيث يتمايز ثقافيا واجتماعيا عن غيره مما يجعله صالح كموضوع للإثنولوجي وبين اللأمكنة المعقمة من التاريخ (حسب تعبير المسيري) التي تشئ الأفراد وتطمس هويتهم الفردية حيث لا تهتم بهم إلا أثناء الخروج أو الدخول منها مثل المطارات والمولات والطرق السريعة والتي على عكس المكان الانثروبولوجي التي يتواصل ذاتيا من الأنسان فإنها ...more
Diego González
Tedioso coñazo infumable, escrito de la forma más farragosa posible para que el lector tenga la sensación de estar avanzando por una piscina de puré de guisantes. Una orgía de citas encadenadas y embebidas unas en otras y rodeadas por docenas de explicaciones conceptuales redactadas de la forma más complicada permitida por la gramática, todo ello traducido de forma descuidada. Un libro escrito para que otros filósofos digan que lo han leido y le chupen el trasero o pongan a parir a su autor depe ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was so fun!!!
See oli väga huvitav, just ruumi, kohtade ja mittekohtade koha pealt, osa üldisemast modernsuse-ülimodernsuse jutust läks mul vist üle pea, sest ma pole selle aruteluga eriti kokku puutunud.
Kasutasin linnaruumi analüüsiks ühes koolitöös ja siis lugesin niisama veel läbi. Huvitav lugemine, huvitav kaasa mõelda ja erinevalt mõnest sellisest tekstist ka mitte kurnav.

Panen endale siia hoiule mõned tsitaadid:

"Ülimodersus surub individuaalsele teadvusele peale täiesti uusi üksinduse kogemusi ja katsum
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Marc Augé’s Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity is fascinating. 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 between space and social organization.

At the same time, he noticed the proliferation, in the contemporary world, of spaces in which no las
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good quote:

-"Everything proceeds as if space had been trapped by time, as if there were no history other than the last 48 hours of news, as if each individual history were drawing its motive, its words and images, from the inexhaustible stock of an unending history in the present" (84)


Ethnology of solitude: "The community of human destinies is experienced in the anonymity of non-place and in solitude."
John Carter McKnight
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic
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. This is the non-silly vein of French theory, grounded, urbane, a delight to read, crammed with provocative concepts presented in a graceful style.

Quite wonderful.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
‘If a place can be defined as relational, historical, and concerned with identity, then a space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place’

Tourist non-places: ‘Travel… constructs a fictional landscape between gaze and landscape. And while we use the word ‘space’ to describe to frequentation of places which specifically defines the journey, we should still remember that there are spaces in which the individual feels himself to be a spectat
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 decided to read it as I was studying the literary cartography and the changes of maps throughout the centuries. 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. I must say though that it is quite difficult to grasp, ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
in the middle of everything, receiving directions from signs, a flux vitiating my plucky resistance to anonymity. why do i need presence to be legible? you know, i haven't written a rap in some time, maybe i wouldn't write through deixis any more. maybe it'd be all movement. means as end. an atmosphere of pure functionality. this is a delightfully written little book, the only issue is how class position is underdescribed. supermodernity is a first world modality, no that can't be right. is the ...more
Ho letto questo libro da urbanista, non da etnologa e nemmeno da antropologa, e quindi ho avuto delle difficoltà nel primo capitolo, ma se si arriva fino in fondo il quadro si chiarisce.
Prima di leggere questo libro, davo una connotazione negativa al concetto di nonluogo, come se fosse qualcosa a cui opporsi. Ora ho capito che bisogna "rassegnarsi" all'idea che quasi ogni spazio della contemporaneità è un nonluogo.
Augé è definitivamente snob. Mi domando come sia possibile che nella parte in cu
Abbas Jaffer
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Short, pithy and very perceptive work on the routes and contractual locations of contemporary society. What Augé does so well is draw our attention to a fundamental contradiction in many societies today, specifically when he writes: "at the very same moment when it becomes possible to think in terms of the unity of terrestrial space, and the big multinational networks grow strong, the clamour of particularists arise; clamour from those who want to stay at home in peace, clamour from those who wa ...more
Jun 08, 2013 added it
...introduce el concepto de sobremodernidad y como sus consecuencas, el espacio, el tiempo y el ego, se ven afectados o redimensionados. Llena los vacios que las explicaciones, hasta hoy aceptadas, no podían cubrir acerca de la sensación de achicamiento del planeta y la aceleración del tiempo; y como todo esto nos afectan como individuos, y como sociedad en movimiento.

Y dado todo este resultado de cambios, surgen los no-lugares, que no son más que lugares en los cuales nos volvemos totalmente a
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Even at 119 pages, the book seems too long for the idea. 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 example), even that isn't exactly mind-blowingly new stuff.

Of course, the problem might be that I'm just not that concerned with the intra-disciplinary crises of anthropology.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
think he should craft aphoristic tweets instead of creating something as odd as a "non-place". the thesis of this book does not make sense, especially when expanded into novella length. irrelevant examples and digressions enter, leading me to imagine the subtle purpose is for pretentious meandering.
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-non_fiction
I don't often say this, but; if this were a little longer, it would be a five star book. A one page example would probably do it.

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. Terse, to the point, deep in the material, and sharp in its cuts.
João Duarte
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"No conjunto, tudo se passa como se o espaço fosse recuperado pelo tempo, como se não houvesse outra história senão as notícias do dia ou da véspera, como se cada história individual extraísse os seus motivos, as suas palavras e as suas imagens do stock inesgotável de uma inexaurível história só presente."

Muito baralhado com esta solidão partilhada. Positivamente baralhado.
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
great book, gives you a different point of view to people and space. Although i disagreed with his opinion that only places connected with transportation are non-places, it was still a very interesting book to read.
Feb 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting, but the signal to noise ratio is rather too high. One of those authors who revels in the use of long words.
May 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
bunch of babbling and non-sense
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Quite honestly, I feel like the last chapter would have been enough.
Clara Mazzi
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanto avevo trovato banale "Il tempo senza età. La vecchiaia non esiste" tanto ho trovato eccezionale questo. Il percorso di Augé per arrivare al non-luogo e alla sua definizone è affascinante e oltremodo interessante. Dà struttura, forma e ordine a dei pensieri che ho avuto anch'io, ma che erano sparsi. Raccolti e ordinati da lui, generano riflessioni nuove in cui mi sono ritrovata, che mi interessano e che mi piacciono molto. Un gran bel libro di antropologia (altro che quello di Fabietti!), i ...more
Nur Bedeir
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book has actually left me with mixed feelings. From a certain point of view, it introduces and briefly explains the author's concept of "non-places", something for which I believe the reader chooses this book - an interesting and fascinating topic of discussion. On the other hand it deeply falls short in outlining a logical and organic framework in which these are nourished and expanded. This happens while at the same time the author gives too much space (in my honest opinion, given the fac ...more
Hannah Rotwein
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book posits that we are in an age of supermodernity defined in part by a surplus of non-places: liminal locations such as waiting rooms and airports, train stops and supermarket queues. Augé tries to work out how an anthropologist might study this supermodernity, and what it means that we spend so much time in places that aren't really places at all. I found the work fascinating and difficult for its reliance on theory and the historical underpinnings of anthropology. Further intriguing was ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Nada permite pensar que ayer más que hoy la imagen de un mundo cerrado y autosuficiente haya sido, para aquellos mismos que la difundían y, por función, se identificaban con ella, otra cosa que una imagen útil y necesaria, no una mentira sino un mito aproximativame
nte inscrito en el suelo, frágil como el territorio cuya
singularidad fundaba el sujeto, como lo son las fronteras, con rectificaciones eventuales pero condenado, por esta misma razón, a hablar siempre del último desplazamiento como d
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Notes from thesis:
In institutionalized sites, the identity of the passenger is lost. Identity becomes reduced to a role: the role of passing, and transitioning from one point to the intended destination (Augé, 1995). In such a non-place which empties individuality and “empties the consciousness” (Augé, 1995, p. 93), a passenger finds oneself present in the “urgency of the moment” (p. 104), and has “neither singular identity nor relations; only solitude, and similitude” (p. 103).
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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 convictio ...more