Troubled Relations: Mobility and Exchange in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan
University of Pittsburgh
Accounts of gift exchange and hospitality focus on how networks of obligation produce social solidarity. When gift exchange involves hostility and misunderstanding, it is still viewed as extending social relationships. This article describes exchange encounters that either index a lack of relationship (where one or both of the parties assumed one) or ended a relationship. Although each encounter is unique, all involve people who are mobile, coming from communities of varied positions within global hierarchies. These encounters challenge standard assumptions about the relationship between exchange and social cohesion, and offer insight into the complex ways people figure relatedness in a world increasingly characterized by blurred boundaries and economic polarization. (Gift exchange, hospitality, globalization, former Soviet Union, Central Asia)
Former Soviet Union, Kyrgyz Republic, hospitality, economic behavior, globalization, conversion
Social and Cultural Anthropology | Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies
Noor O'Neill Borbieva (2012).
Troubled Relations: Mobility and Exchange in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. Ethnology.49 (3), 167-184. University of Pittsburgh.