Trading Worlds is an anthropological study of a little understood yet rapidly expanding global trading diaspora, namely the Afghan merchants of Afghanistan, Central Asia and Europe. 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 play in an ever-more globalized political economy. Afghan merchants, the author demonstrates, forge and occupy critical economic niches, both at home and abroad: from the Persian Gulf to Central Asia, to the ports of the Black Sea; and in global cities such as Istanbul, Moscow and London, the traders' activities are shaping the material and cultural lives of the diverse populations among whom they live.
Through an exploration of the life histories, trading activities and everyday experiences of these mobile merchants, Magnus Marsden shows that traders' worlds are informed by complex forms of knowledge, skill, ethical sensibility, and long-lasting human relationships that often cut across and dissolve boundaries of nation, ethnicity, religion and ideology.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
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About the Author
Magnus Marsden is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex. He has spent fifteen years conducting research in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and, with Benjamin Hopkins, is the author of Fragments of the Afghan Frontier and editor of Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy Along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Afghan Traders Across Modern Frontiers
Chapter 1: Afghan Traders in Central Asia: Perspectives from Tajikistan
Chapter 2: Karachi-Qurghon: Routes Matter
Chapter 3: Afghan Migrants and Urban Life in Central Asia
Chapter 4: Everyday Diplomacy on the Frontiers of South and Central Asia
Chapter 5: Migrants, Militants and Merchants: Ahmed's Story, From Trader to Talib
Chapter 6: Trading in Hospitality on the Frontiers of South and Central Asia
Chapter 7: Afghan Merchants of the North London Marshes