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9 Afghanistan’s Cosmopolitan Trading Networks (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9781474435093 9781474435123 Year: Pages: 26 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: H2020 European Research Council - 669132
Subject: History
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The focus of this chapter is the city of Yiwu and the nature of Afghan networks present there. By inserting such networks both in the context of the wider global settings, and in terms of the traders’ experience of space in Yiwu, we seek to contribute to an emerging body of literature on Muslim cosmopolitanism in two ways. First, we bring attention to the ways in which the expressions of Muslim cosmopolitanism visible in Yiwu are premised on violent histories of international conflict and interference that have led to massive displacements of the country’s people, as well the bleaching out of the country’s own religious diversity. Secondly, we recognise that if the traders with whom we work are cosmopolitan in some aspects of their lives, then in others they reinforce and sustain collective commitment to national, regional, ideological and confessional identities, identities that are also of critical significance to their activities as traders.

Unterwegs – Mobiles Leben in der Erdgas- und Erdölindustrie in Russlands Arktis

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ISBN: 9783205796947 Year: Pages: 227 DOI: 10.26530/oapen_594630 Language: English
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 238
Subject: Economics
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Barely known in public is the life of long-distance commute workers who extract the „blue and black gold” for the export to Europe. They are travelling people who work and live rotationally for a few weeks at the extraction sites before they go back again to their families in the southern regions. This ethnography takes the reader from the Volga Region to the Arcitc “Russian Gas Capital” Novy Urengoy and provides critically insights into the Russian petroleum industry.

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