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Afghan Migrants and Urban Life in Central Asia

Magnus Marsden

in Trading Worlds

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780190247980
Published online October 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190492205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247980.003.0004
Afghan Migrants and Urban Life in Central Asia

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This chapter explores Afghan traders’ experiences of and reflections on life in a range of settings across the former Soviet Union. It documents the ways in which traders talk about their ability to work in starkly different contexts by focusing on their personal and family histories, their comparative experiences of working life in Central and South Asia, and the modes in which they present these, both to the author and to one another. The chapter analyses the worlds that the traders create and inhabit and shifts the book’s focus away from their economic agency to a consideration of how their mobility across modern frontiers feeds into their collective and personal self-understandings.

Keywords: Transnational family life; Masculinity; Trust; Trading networks; Cross-cultural marriage

Chapter.  19684 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian Politics

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