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Moral economic dichotomizations in the Mongolian borderlands

Inner Asia Colloquium

Moral economic dichotomizations in the Mongolian borderlands
Moral economic dichotomizations in the Mongolian borderlands

Time & Location

23 apr 2024, 15:00

About the event

This lecture will introduce the major themes and theoretical insights of Dr. Waters’ recent book Moral Economic Transitions in the Mongolian Borderlands: A Proportional Share (June 2023, UCL Press) and will conclude with an update from the field from October 2023. Between 2015 and 2017, Dr. Waters carried out in-depth ethnographic fieldwork on the Mongolian/Chinese border tracing how rural residents became dependent on urban, consumer debt to finance livelihoods. The book makes two contributions: first, it describes the creative networking and resource-extractive strategies residents mobilise to pay off their debts, paying particular attention to the illegal wildlife trade around Chinese medicinal plants. Second, the book introduces the concept of moral economic dichotomizations: the tendency to conceptualise society in terms of ‘economic’ versus ‘social’ forms of value in time of rapid introduction to market capitalism.

The speaker is Hedwig Amelia Waters, MSCA-ERA postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Asian Studies,

Palacky University Olomouc.

Join the lecture via MS Teams: meeting ID: 363 399 094 247, password: HYyrD8.

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