A Market Out of Place?: Remaking Economic, Social, and Symbolic Boundaries in Post-Communist…

Hardcover | November 11, 2004

byPernille Hohnen

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Pernille Hohnen has written a detailed ethnography of a Lithuanian market place in the mid-1990s and as such contributes significantly to the understanding of a phenomenon largely unaccounted for by anthropologists, namely shuttle trading, and a new form of transnationalism connected to thenumerous outdoor markets that were established all over Eastern and Central Europe during the 1990s, most of which still flourish. Traders go as far as China, India, Turkey, and Poland and bring back items for local consumption as well as for retail, not only within the country, but throughout theregion. The global extension of the local market is astonishing, not least on account of the personal ingenuity invested in an uncertain business where one can only learn the hard way. Furthermore, by combining a synchronic analysis of the market with an analysis of changing trading practices duringthe crucial 10-year period of the 1990s, the book sheds important light on processes of creativity and venture, as well as on the more gradual institutionalization of trading practices such as trade routes, trading routines, technology, and forms of political control.Both traders and their environment tend to evaluate the market place as somehow outside civilized society. The 'disorderly' nature of the market epitomizes contested social hierarchies and cultural categories, as well as privatized power relations in the form of racketeers which slowly gainlegitimacy. The analysis of the market place sheds light on changing discourses of ethnicity, gender and work in Lithuanian society as well as contributing to a more thorough theoretical understanding of 'transition'.

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Pernille Hohnen has written a detailed ethnography of a Lithuanian market place in the mid-1990s and as such contributes significantly to the understanding of a phenomenon largely unaccounted for by anthropologists, namely shuttle trading, and a new form of transnationalism connected to thenumerous outdoor markets that were established...

Pernille Hohnen is a Senior Researcher, The Danish National Institute of Social Research.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:November 11, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199267626

ISBN - 13:9780199267620

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Conceptualizing 'Transition'From 'Speculation' to TradingLearning to TradeHow to 'Read the Market'New Forms of DisciplineEthnic Relations and Trans-Ethnic DiscoursesContested Images of GenderWork versus TradingRemaking BoundariesAppendixSelected Newspaper Articles about Gariunai Market 1989-1995