Debt-Based Trade, Social Norms and Informality in Uzbekistan: Case Study of Rassiychilar in Rural Fergana

Elmurod Sobirov, Rustam Urinboyev

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Debt-based trade and economic exchanges are becoming a more and more widespread phenomenon in the context of post-Soviet Central Asian societies. In the absence of viable state economic support, a functional banking system, and an effective legal system, trust-based economic exchanges serve as an alternative means for conducting micro-level businesses in Central Asia. The phenomenon of “rassiychilar,” which is the central focus of this paper, is one of the intriguing examples of debt-based trade in rural Fergana, Uzbekistan. This debt-based trade involves a myriad of informal economic exchanges among various actors, locally and transnationally. The paper argues that trust-based economic networks and debt-based trade serve as an alternative means of doing business in rural post-socialist contexts characterized by legal uncertainty, rampant corruption, and an inefficient economic and banking system.
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)1-17
TidskriftCommunist and Post-Communist Studies
StatusAccepted/In press - 2024 jan. 31

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Juridik och samhälle
  • Nationalekonomi
  • Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)

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