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Local Politics in AfghanistanA Century of Intervention in the Social Order$
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Conrad Schetter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327928.001.0001

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Reputation, Violence and Buzkashi

Reputation, Violence and Buzkashi

(p.97) 6 Reputation, Violence and Buzkashi
Local Politics in Afghanistan

Whitney Azoy

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the example of the horse game buzkashi to reveal the workings of local politics in large parts of Afghanistan. Buzkashi is not only a symbolic representation for local politics, but is itself subject to local politics. The chapter demonstrates how political actors are carefully building alliances and networks, always cautiously balancing individual and collective interests. The rationality of actors in Afghanistan is strongly related to the building of trust.

Keywords:   local politics, Afghanistan, trust, rationality

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