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Marc Augé: Non-Places. Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity

14.11.2011 |

The book Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, originally published by French publisher Seuil, is a basic work of the urban anthropology which has been translated in a number of languages. The author deals with topical phenomena in the contemporary global society, in particular with places he refers to as non-places, i.e. airports, shppping malls, hotels, motorways etc. These ambivalent places are the venues of contant movement, consumption, and communication; they don't share any similar symbolic connections, there's no play of identities. They exist as transitional, anonymous, functional places only perceived in a partial and incoherent manner. In the author's view, the opposite to a non-place is the anthropological place that bears identity, relations and history; it takes the form of a concrete place which represents to a person an important hub in a network of relations, invested with symbolism and meaning, memories, experience (for example an altar, birthplace, public square etc.).
It is the first book publication of this author in Slovene.

Translated from French by Sonja Dular.
Foreword by Dr Matjaž Uršič.
No. of pages: 164
Price: € 15 

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