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Trading WorldsAfghan Merchants Across Modern Frontiers$
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Magnus Marsden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190247980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247980.001.0001

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Afghan Merchants of the North London Marshes

Afghan Merchants of the North London Marshes

(p.257) 7 Afghan Merchants of the North London Marshes
Trading Worlds

Magnus Marsden

Oxford University Press

This chapter turns its attention to the activities of Afghan traders in London and seeks to brings together three key themes that have been important to the ethnography presented across the book. Firstly it examines the nature of debates among the traders about what constitutes a good life and where best to live it. A second theme addressed by the chapter is the traders’ notions of “the well-lived life”: the family is of great significance to traders’ attempts to live “the good life”, but many of them also say that “passing time well” involves living in the type of circumstances that they prefer not to share with their families. A third theme explored throughout the chapter concerns the relationship between trust and money in traders’ worlds.

Keywords:   Afghan diaspora, London, Ethnic entrepreneurs, Muslim communities, Ethics and morality, Money

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