Trust and Mistrust in the Economies of the China-Russia Borderlands

Trust and Mistrust in the Economies of the China-Russia Borderlands




The first English-language book to focus on northeast Sino-Russian border economies, Trust and Mistrust in the Economies of the China-Russia Borderlands examines how trans-border economies function in practice. The authors offer an anthropological understanding of trust in juxtaposition to the economy and the state. They argue that the history of suspicion and the securitised character of the Sino-Russian border mean that trust is at a premium. The chapters show how diverse kinds of cross-border business manage to operate, often across great distances, despite widespread mistrust.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789089649829
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication date: 03/02/2018
Series: Asian Borderlands Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Professor Caroline Humphrey Professor Humphrey is an anthropologist who has worked across Asia and countries of the former Soviet Union. She is currently based at the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at Cambridge, which she co-founded, and she is a Director of Research at the Department of Social Anthropology. She has been a Fellow of King's since 1978.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Trusting and Mistrusting Across Borders Caroline Humphrey 9

Déjà vu of Distrust in the Sino-Russian Borderlands Sayana Namsaraeva 37

Economies of Trust: Informality and the State in the Russian-Chinese borderland Tobias Holzlehner 65

Can Kinship Come to the Rescue?: Trust and Cooperation across the Border between China and Mongolia Nasan Bayar 87

Betrayed by Trust: Inter-Korean Relations across Northeast Asian Borders Hyun-Gwi Park 101

The Trade Town of Manzhouli: Trust Created and Undermined Ivan Peshkov 121

Différances of Doverie: (Mis)trust and the Old Faith in the Russian Far East Dominic Martin 143

Trust, Chance and Disappointment: Real Estate Business in Russia's Far East Caroline Humphrey 179

Searching for Trust: Indigenous People in the Jade Business Tatiana Safonova István Sántha Pavel Sulyandziga 205

The Emergence of Cross-Border Electronic Commerce Creativity and Declining Trust Natalia Ryzhova 229

Index 251

List of Figures

Figure 1 Map of north-eastern Russia-China borderland 8

Figure 2 The Coat of Arms and official flag of Kyakhta, Russia 43

Figure 3 Advertisement for job vacancies in Russian border cities, Manzhouli commercial press, 2013 57

Figure 4 Map of the Russian Far East border region 70

Figure 5 The border crossing at Hunchun-Kraskino 71

Figure 6 The 'Green Corner' market for used Japanese cars, Vladivostok 77

Figure 7 Trucks lining up to cross the border to transport coal from Mongolia to China, 2013 91

Figure 8 Buyan standing reflectively by an unused railway, 2013 97

Figure 9 Chinese market in Ussuriisk, 2016 118

Figure 10 'Patriotic' chairperson of the Vladivostok Old Believers Aleksandr Frolov (left) with Episcop German (centre) 159

Figure 11 A s"ezd ('congress') of Far Eastern Old Believers in the mid-1990s held in Bolshoi Kamen' 159

Figure 12 A young couple negotiates a purchase in the 'Eastern Breeze' development, Vladivostok, 2013 190

Figure 13 The 'Eastern Breeze' complex, Vladivostok, 2013 191

Figure 14 Chinese buyers scrupulously explore an old Chinese object put on sale at Sotheby's auction house in London, UK 212

Figure 15 Carl Fabergé's Easter egg, made predominantly of jade from a private collection of Viktor Vekselberg, the fourth richest person in Russia. The object is on display at special private museum in Saint-Petersburg, Russia 215

Figure 16 One of the Sunshine's operations. Guards reload raw jade to transport it across a river. Jade is on its way from mine to warehouse 219

Figure 17 Advertisement for a company offering help with on-line purchases in Manzhouli, China 241

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