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Trading Worlds: Afghan Merchants Across Modern Frontiers

Magnus Marsden


Trading Worlds is an anthropological study of Afghan merchants in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The book argues that the merchants collectively form a little understood yet rapidly expanding global trading network. It contests one-sided images that depict traders from this and other conflict regions as immoral profiteers, the cronies of warlords or international drug smugglers. It shows, rather, the active role these merchants are playing in processes referred to by anthropologists as “globalisation from below”. Afghan merchants, the author demonstrates, forge and occupy critic ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, Trade, Asia, Eurasia, Globalisation, Economic anthropology, Migration, Trading diasporas/networks, Business, Post-Soviet world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190247980
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Magnus Marsden, author
University of Sussex