Merchant identities, trading nodes, and globalisation: introduction to the special issue

Marsden, Magnus and Skvirskaja, Vera (2018) Merchant identities, trading nodes, and globalisation: introduction to the special issue. History and Anthropology, 29 (sup1). S1-S13. ISSN 0275-7206

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Abstract

The contributors to this Special Issue are concerned by the nature of transregional Asian interactions taking place in the field of commerce. They explore this concern through an examination of the experiences, activities, and histories of commodity traders whose life trajectories criss-cross Asia. The articles share a common geographic point of reference: Yiwu - an officially designated ‘international trade city’ located in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. The introduction to the Special Issue analytically locates the individual papers in relationship to a long-standing body of work in anthropology and history on port cities and trading nodes. In so doing it suggests the importance of considering multiple historical processes to understanding Yiwu and its position in China and the world today, as well as, more generally, for the anthropology of ‘globalisation from below’.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Yiwu; trading nodes; port cities; trading networks; China; One Belt, One Road
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Depositing User: Magnus Marsden
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2019 14:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/77025

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Trust, Global Traders and Cheap Commodities in a Chinese International City (TRODITIES)G1723EUROPEAN UNION669132