Manly merchants: commerce, mobility and masculinity among Afghan traders in Eurasia

Marsden, Magnus (2019) Manly merchants: commerce, mobility and masculinity among Afghan traders in Eurasia. Anthropology of the Middle East, 14 (2). pp. 55-76. ISSN 1746-0719

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Abstract

This article explores intersections between masculinity, mobility, generation and commerce through the everyday lives of Afghan men who make-up trading networks that are active across Eurasia. It is based on ethnographic fieldwork amongst Afghan traders in Ukraine’s port city of Odessa and in the Chinese international trading of Yiwu. Building on recent work in anthropology concerning the ‘emergent’ nature of Middle Eastern masculinities, the article brings attention to the flexible and adaptable nature of the notions of masculinity held and performed by mobile Afghan traders. It emphasises the need for such conceptions of masculinity to be treated historically and draws attention to the forms of care-giving that are especially important to the traders’ intimate lives and self-understandings. The article also highlights the significance of complex notions of trust both to the traders’ articulation of conceptions of manliness and to their everyday modes of securing a livelihood.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Depositing User: Magnus Marsden
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 13:20
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2021 13:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/83825

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