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Trading worlds : Afghan merchants across modern frontiers

Author: Magnus Marsden
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Trading Worlds is an anthropological study of a little understood yet rapidly expanding global trading network: Afghan merchants who work in South Asia, Central Asia and across Europe. It contests one-sided images that depict traders from this and other conflict regions as immoral profiteers, the cronies of warlords or international drug smugglers. It shows, rather, the active role these merchants play in an  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Magnus Marsden
ISBN: 019025131X 9780190251314 0190247983 9780190247980
OCLC Number: 895337672
Description: xv, 432 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Afghan trading networks in central Asia : Tajikistan and beyond --
Karachi-Qurghon : routes matter --
Afghan migrants and urban life in central Asia --
Everyday diplomacy on Afghanistan's central Asian frontiers --
Migrants, militants, and merchants : Ahmed's story, from trader to Talib --
After diplomacy : hospitality and friendship --
Afghan merchants of the North London Marshes.
Responsibility: Magnus Marsden.
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Trading Worlds is an anthropological study of a little understood yet rapidly expanding global trading network: Afghan merchants who work in South Asia, Central Asia and across Europe. It contests one-sided images that depict traders from this and other conflict regions as immoral profiteers, the cronies of warlords or international drug smugglers. It shows, rather, the active role these merchants play in an ever-more globalized political economy. Afghan merchants, the author demonstrates, forge and occupy critical economic niches, both at home and abroad: from the Persian Gulf to Central Asia, to the ports of the Black Sea; and in global cities such as Istanbul, Moscow and London, the traders' activities are shaping the material and cultural lives of the diverse populations among whom they live. Through an exploration of the life histories, trading activities and everyday experiences of the mobile merchants, Magnus Marsden shows that traders' worlds are informed by complex forms of knowledge, skill, ethical sensibility, and long-lasting human relationships that often cut across and dissolve boundaries of nation, ethnicity, religion and ideology. -- Inside cover flap.

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