Hierarchies of trade in Yiwu and Dushanbe: the case of an Uzbek merchant family from Tajikistan

Ibañez Tirado, Diana (2018) Hierarchies of trade in Yiwu and Dushanbe: the case of an Uzbek merchant family from Tajikistan. History and Anthropology, 29 (sup1). S31-S47. ISSN 0275-7206

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Abstract

This article focuses on the trading trajectory of an Uzbek family of merchants from Tajikistan. This family runs businesses in both Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, and China’s famous international trading city: Yiwu. The analysis is centred on the accounts placed by Tajikistan’s Uzbek merchants about their historically sustained experience, often across several generations, in trading activities. These merchants’ claims of belonging to a ‘historical’ trading community rather than being ‘newcomers’ to long-distance commerce are articulated in relation to notions of ‘hierarchies of trade’ as they evolve in a twofold relational model linking Yiwu’s Changchun neighbourhood and Dushanbe. I suggest that the forms of conviviality enacted in Yiwu’s Changchun neighbourhood need to be understood in terms of the historical, multinational and transregional contacts that have occurred within the spaces of the former Soviet Union, as well as along the China-Russia and China-Central Asian borders. Equally, the hierarchies of trade of Uzbek merchants from Tajikistan in Yiwu’s Changchun neighbourhood cut-across markers of identity that juxtapose the roles of Tajik and Uzbek communities in Tajikistan’s contemporary politics and economics.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: trade, hierarchies of trade, merchants, Yiwu, China, reputation, debt, Uzbek, Tajikistan
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS701 China
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF0294 Boards of trade. Chambers of commerce. Merchants' associations
Depositing User: Diana Ibanez-Tirado
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 08:25
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 17:11
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/77446

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Trust, Global Traders and Cheap Commodities in a Chinese International City (TRODITIES)G1723EUROPEAN UNION669132