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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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: 02 Jul 2019 21:37

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