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Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

Managing Editor: Luisa Steur, University of Amsterdam

Deputy Managing Editor: Alina-Sandra Cucu, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Editor-at-large: Don Kalb, Central European University and Utrecht University

Editoral Collective: 
Charlotte Bruckerman, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle
Zoltán Glück, City University of New York (CUNY)
Dimitra Kofti, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle
Christopher Krupa, University of Toronto
Manissa M. Maharawal, City University of New York (CUNY)
Elisabeth Schober, University of Oslo
Steve Stiffler, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Joe Trapido, Birkbeck College, London
Theodorra Vetta, University of Barcelona
Oane Visser, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague

Volume 2016, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, winter)

Subjects: Anthropology

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Trading places: Post-socialist container markets and the city

Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja


This article discusses a vast, new and semi-legal marketplace of shipping containers on the outskirts of Odessa, Ukraine. It is suggested that such markets, which have sprung up at several places in post-socialist space where routes intersect, have certain features in common with mediaeval trade fairs. However, today's markets have their own specificities in relation to state and legal regimes, migration, and the cities to which they are semi-attached. The article analyzes the Seventh Kilometer Market (Sed'moi) near Odessa as a particular socio-mythical space. It affords it own kind of protection and opportunities to traders, but these structures may be unstable in a changing economic climate.

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