‘Run after time’ : the roads of suitcase traders

Type de publication  Journal Article
Auteur(s)  Lacaze, G.
Titre de la revue  Asian Ethnicity
Volume  11
Fascicule  2
Année  2010
Pages  191-208
Résumé  

Since the 1990s, the development of informal trade in trans-frontier places bordering Mongolia has offered opportunities for Mongolian people to develop new trade links with China, Kazakhstan, and Russia. These ‘businessmen of the transition’ or informal ‘suitcase traders’ go abroad along roads opened to and through Russia and China. My article analyses the ‘circulatory roads’ opened by suitcase traders. I take two examples of this activity: Mongolian Kazakh traders who go to Russia and Mongolian traders who go to China. The trans-frontier places reveal the particular ways of being and skills of drivers, retailers and wholesalers