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Moneylending and moral reasoning on the capitalist frontier in Kyrgyzstan

Pelkmans, Mathijs and Umetbaeva, Damira (2018) Moneylending and moral reasoning on the capitalist frontier in Kyrgyzstan. Anthropological Quarterly, 91 (3). pp. 1049-1074. ISSN 0003-5491

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Identification Number: 10.1353/anq.2018.0049


This article explores the links between informal moneylending and aspects of sociality and morality. It documents the moral reasoning and strategizing of two female moneylenders who operate in the radically destabilized context of post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. By analyzing these women’s lending practices and the way they talk about their experiences, we are able to document in some detail the constitutive intertwinement of morality, sociality, and formality in the workings of credit and debt, and demonstrate how questionable behavior is transformed into moral practice. This in turn highlights important features of the post-Soviet capitalist frontier.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 15:14
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:16

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