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Non-Places by BenoitPaille Non-Places by BenoitPaille
Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (Cultural Studies)

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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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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 describe the logic of these late-capitalist phenomena - a logic of excessive information and excessive space. In this fascinating and lucid essay he seeks to establish and intellectual armature for an anthropology of supermodernity. Starting with an attempt to disentangle anthropology from history, Auge goes on to map the distinction between place, encrusted with historical monuments and creative social life, and non-place, to which individuals are connected in a uniform manner and where no organic social life is possible. Unlike Baudelairean modernity, where old and new are interwoven, supermodernity is self-contained: from the motorway or aircraft, local or exotic particularities are presented two-dimensionally as a sort of theme-park spectacle. Auge does not suggest that supermodernity is all-encompassing: place still exist outside non-place and tend to reconstitute themselves inside it. But he argues powerfully that we are in transit through non-place for more and more of our time, as if between immense parentheses, and concludes that this new form of solitude should become the subject of an anthropology of its own.



Non-Lieux. Introduction à une anthropologie de la surmodernité


Marc AugÉ, Seuil, coll. « La librairie du xxe siècle », 1992.
Marc Augé, Seuil, 1992
Jérôme Souty

1992 Marc Augé

Les réflexions sur l'anthropologie du proche et du monde contemporain, une discipline en train de se construire, datent de la fin des années 80 et un nombre important de travaux de terrain ont été publiés depuis sur le sujet. En 1992, l'anthropologue Marc Augé publie Non-Lieux, conçu comme une « introduction à une anthropologie de la surmodernité ».

Voies rapides, échangeurs, aéroports, chaînes hôtelières aux chambres interchangeables, grandes surfaces ou stations-service, camps de transit des réfugiés... tous ces « non-lieux » surpeuplés où se croisent en silence et s'ignorent des milliers d'individus, forment des parenthèses anonymes et sans jeu social. Ils constituent, selon Augé, les espaces caractéristiques de ce qu'il nomme la « surmodernité ». Pour lui, l'excès est la modalité essentielle de la situation de surmodernité : surabondance événementielle et spatiale, individualisation des références. Les repères d'identité collective sont devenus fluctuants et le besoin de donner un sens au présent apparaît comme la rançon de cet excès. La globalisation rend désormais caduques les oppositions entre ici et ailleurs, entre tradition et modernité.

Pour Augé, « la première difficulté d'une ethnologie de l'"ici", c'est qu'elle a toujours affaire à de l'"ailleurs", sans que le statut de cet ailleurs puisse être constitué en objet singulier et distinct (exotique) ».
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AntiqueLockWise Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
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cordlesstoaster Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
this reminds me of the train scene in the film 'eternal sunshine of the spotless mind' i'm not sure if you're familiar but it's a great movie and this photograph is equally amazing!
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kabirawhisper Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
I really don't know why I like this picture so much. It appeals o me for some reason. I think it's he general atmosphere of the picture. XD. Nice work.
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gonecanuck Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Oh I'd recognize that button anywhere.

I quite agree with some points of this narrative. Every place in Canada I have been to had that vague non-placeness about it (except Montreal). When I first came, I had this feeling of discomfort that I will never find my way around because of constant repetition of same buildings and malls.
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luggage Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Is that a real book? The photo is great, but I disagree with the idea of non-places from what I understand from the brief summation in the description. What the author calls "non-places" in my opinion can still be highly socially and culturally charged. I think I disagree most with the notion that there is a difference between "historic" places and "modern" ones. The perceived historical chargedness of the former is as constructed through individual and social actions as the notion that social life isn't possible at malls or on highways.

Hmm.
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Valar84 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009   Photographer
This work is really intense :)
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jfmary Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
The "non-places" are also a perfect spot for the theatre of reality distubance.
The actor playing a "non-situation" in "non-space" creates disturbance.
That's what the Reclaim The Street movement tried to devellop in the 80's and 90's, some of my fellow ex-squat mates are still at it at present time.

Keep up the good work!
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baboletale Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i don't know so much about this autor but his "non-space" sounds to me like Foucault's "heterotopia".---this could be an interesting discution.
I like the "late-capitalism" term because it is politicaly engaged but "supermodernity " sounds to me like tryn to avoid "postmodernity" with a term which is even more vague.
gratzzz for the picture and for all your gallery and last but not least thanks for bringin a lil' philosophical flavour to this boring-elf-and-trolls-and-manga-dominated DA.
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SamsScribbles Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Student
Woaw! J'avais bien reconnu les bancs d'autobus de Trois-Rivières =D Très belles photos en passant!
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fernandasabaudo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Student General Artist
wow! it's great!
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