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Everyday Diplomacy among Indian Traders in a Chinese Fabric Market

Ka-Kin Cheuk

Province in which, as the UN and World Bank have designated, the world’s largest small commodities market is located ( Hulme 2015: 31–61 ). Yiwu serves as a base for a large number of foreign traders, the majority of whom come from the Middle East, South

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Mobile Phones, Farmers, and the Unsettling of Geertz's Moroccan Suq/Bazaar Economy

Hsain Ilahiane

In this article, I examine how and to what effect mobile telephony is used by smallholder farmers in the Saharan frontier of south-eastern Morocco. Specifically, I investigate how farmers use mobile phones to redefine market information

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“Forging New Malay networks”

Imagining global halal markets

Johan Fischer

between the state, entrepreneurs, and markets involved in promoting Malaysian halal commodities. I first met Jeti at Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2006, which was held at the massive Malaysian International Exhibition & Convention Centre

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The racial fix

White currency in the gentrification of black and Latino Chicago

Jesse Mumm

racial fix made legible in the actions and discourses that confirm the market formation process at the intersection of culture and political economy that enables gentrification. The racial fix The history of capitalism is embedded in global

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Local Trade and Exchange/Employment Systems (LETS) in Future Eco-sustainable Societies

Richard Westra

(2007: 2) , that ‘[s]hifting our focus to local economies will not mean abandoning Adam Smith or doing away with markets’. Rather, McKibben continues (2007: 125) ‘we may be able to re-create some of the institutions that marked, say, Adam Smith

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The ethics of ESG

Sustainable finance and the emergence of the market as an ethical subject

Matthew Archer

Gates, in other words, is a philanthropist—even if he is a hyper-utilitarian “effective” philanthropist (see McGoey and Thiel 2018: 123 )—Mr. Guo imagines himself harnessing the power of the market to generate social and environmental impacts, which he

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Imagined individuality

Cultivating separated personhood in Cuba and beyond

Ståle Wig

creatures, then how can we understand people's claims to be valuable “individuals,” separate from their environment? Drawing on 18 months of ethnographic research among Cuban market traders, this article investigates what it takes for men and women to be

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Making Life Liveable in an Informal Market

Infrastructures of Friendship amongst Migrant Street Traders in Durban, South Africa

Nomkhosi Mbatha and Leah Koskimaki

The Workshop Flea Market is one of the busiest open trading markets for migrant street traders in Durban, a diverse port city on the eastern coast of South Africa. The unassuming workshop courtyard comes to life every morning with a vibrancy of

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Economics, Anthropological Models and the Ancient Near East

David A. Warburton

This article discusses the evidence of markets in the Ancient Near East. The major points are (1) the shortcomings of the misguided application of the Polanyi model and (2) the ensuing implications of the failure to integrate economic history into modern economic theory. The analysis concentrates on Ancient Egypt, as it presents the most significant problem for economic history and theoretical modelling. Detailed criticism of the means by which the Polanyi model is upheld is coordinated with an argument in favour of recognising the importance of markets. The argument is that these markets are relevant both to long-term economic history and to modern economic theory - and that this must lead to a new debate about ancient and modern economies.

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Politics in the Piyasa

Marching, Marketing and the Emergence of Gay Identities in Istanbul

Samuel Williams

The emergence of gay identities in Istanbul is often regarded as a practical result of mobilisation by minority sexual rights NGOs. Indeed, Istanbul Pride emerged in the early 2000s as a widely-referenced exemplar of the political promise of street-level activism in Turkey. Tracing how gay initially was used in the nightlife market around İstiklal Street and reconstructing the early history of agitation for an annual Pride march, I argue that street traders and small-scale entrepreneurs, not street-level campaigners, have played the critical role in prising open spaces where men could come to identify themselves and be identified as gay. Moreover, spaces afforded by particular fixed-place businesses in the nightlife market critically shaped the initial forms of political association involving gay men that were able to develop and consolidate in the city.