AO: Binaries and metaphors are not used explicitly but in naming a reconstitution of anthropology towards “elites,” the analysts are also implying the opposite of elites (non-elites) who anthropologists have more commonly studied. The analysts assume a particular researcher (one for whom engagement with elites is part of “real life”) (83).
AO: In intro: Global North (former European colonial powers and their North American successors) and global South (formerly colonized world). The analysts note interestingly that increasingly inequality is in fact appearing between a global middle class and the vast majority rather than between countries (234).
AO: Research ethics: not about doing what is right vs coming to grips with what is wrong (232)
AO: Objective/subjective; researcher/researched; insider/outsider; first world/third world
AO: Jazz is used as a metaphor to describe the relationship between the two co-authors. (“we have a beautiful thing between us”) (549). “The magic of jazz, the harmonious interplay described in McDonald’s novel arises from the total attentiveness and receptivity of each player to the other.” (550).
AO: Note that a good collaboration is inherently informed by sexuality since hours of working together are concentrated, physically, emotionally, mentally intimate, intense, fierce, focused, creative, exhausting.
AO: “lesbian” as a trope for feminist (creative) collaboration (partly in response to the rampant homophobia in academia) and because of their own experience with a sexual/emotional continuum (551). “Though we are not “lovers” in a limited, genital sense, ours is a lesbian collaboration.”
AO: Strange bedfellows - tiger and alligator, improbably tangled (554)
AO: Tsing mentions several binaries: to describe their work: two models of collaboration “big science” model and intimate authorship arrangements (their collabo is somewhere in between). Collaboration between humans - non-humans, between making knowledge and social practice, and both within and beyond the academy (383).
AO: Tsing citing Mogu mogu collaboration notes that collaboration like jazz: “with insights flying back and forth in emergent, improvised rhythms.” (383)
AO: Faier uses the notion of “contingency” to think about how “local” and “global” knowledges are connected (389) (“Too often, social an- alysts follow globally oriented science and approach the globe as a patterned and predictable whole. We overlook differences and participate in creating a myth of a homo- geneous globe. Attending to contingency helps us see the possibilities of difference in interconnection”) (393)
AO: profit vs activism (social good?); Kenyan technology businesspeople (like Liko) vs Google, Facebook