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      Money and Moralities in Contemporary Asia 

      Mobility and Flexible Moralities : Insights from the Case Study of Vietnamese Market Traders in Moscow

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      Amsterdam University Press

      migration, uncertainty, morality, money, Vietnam, Russia

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          The majority of the estimated 150,000 Vietnamese in Russia are irregular migrants with no prospects for permanent settlement or naturalisation. Post-communist Russia, with a volatile economy, a restrictive (and heavily corrupt) migration regime and disturbing levels of hostility towards foreign migrants, proves to be a particularly unwelcoming host society. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted at Moscow wholesale markets between 2013 and 2016, this chapter discusses how meanings and values of money change in a context people’s radius of trust is disrupted by their physical displacement and the routinisation of uncertainty. When moral grounds for social interactions cannot be taken for granted, money emerges as a new ‘anchor’ in and benchmark for transnational relationships.

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          978 94 6372 310 7
          978 90 4854 315 1
          December 10 2019
          December 10 2019
          10.5117/9789463723107
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          December 10 2019
          : 59-84
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          [1 ] the University of Melbourne , Lan Anh Hoang, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia, +61 3 8344 4610, +61 3 8344 7906, lahoang@ 123456unimelb.edu.au
          10.5117/9789463723107_ch03
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          Self URI ( Book Chapter ): https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463723107

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