Crossing Eurasia: trans-regional Afghan trading networks in China and beyond

Marsden, Magnus (2016) Crossing Eurasia: trans-regional Afghan trading networks in China and beyond. Central Asian Survey, 35 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 0263-4937

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Abstract

An expanding body of literature in the field of Central Asian studies has brought attention to the problems of considering the region's complex dynamics through the lens of its nation-states. Comparatively less attention has been paid to the role played by trans-regional circulations in connecting parts of Central Asia to the wider world. This paper situates ethnographic work on trans-regional networks of Afghan traders in China, Central Asia, Russia, Ukraine and the UK in relation to the literature on trans-regional connections and circulation societies. Ethnographically it demonstrates the multi-polar nature of these trans-regional networks, and the importance of trading nodes, especially the Chinese city of Yiwu, to their formation and ongoing vitality.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Yiwu, trans-regional networks, Eurasia, Afghanistan, trade
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: D History General and Old World
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Depositing User: Magnus Marsden
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 14:43
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 18:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55170

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