Merchant identities, trading nodes, and globalization: Introduction to the Special Issue

Magnus Marsden, Vera Skvirskaja
2018 History and Anthropology  
The contributors to this Special Issue are concerned by the nature of transregional Asian interactions taking place in the field of commerce. They explore this concern through an examination of the experiences, activities, and histories of commodity traders whose life trajectories criss-cross Asia. The articles share a common geographic point of reference: Yiwuan officially designated 'international trade city' located in China's eastern Zhejiang province. The introduction to the Special Issue
more » ... nalytically locates the individual papers in relationship to a longstanding body of work in anthropology and history on port cities and trading nodes. In so doing it suggests the importance of considering multiple historical processes to understanding Yiwu and its position in China and the world today, as well as, more generally, for the anthropology of 'globalization from below'.
doi:10.1080/02757206.2018.1497622 fatcat:y3qtdmsd2zashbirwy3oywy3rm