Market, state and community in Uzbekistan: reworking the concept of the informal economy

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Abstract

Socialist and post-socialist societies are often described as having state and shadow
economies, or formal and informal sectors. Such dual economy models, however, do not
always take full account of the complex character of economic activity as it is actually
practised, and it is often difficult to make a clear distinction between separate sectors. In this
paper I offer an alternative way of conceptualising business and economic activity. I propose
a model of economic spheres where the focus is on boundaries which are the product of state
power and local moral categories. I suggest that this more clearly reflects lived experience. It
allows us to see how people experience and interact with the state in the context of economic
activity, and to explore their judgements about what the ideal form of this relationship should
be.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHalle / Saale
PublisherMax Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)1615-4568
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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Rasanayagam, J. (2003). Market, state and community in Uzbekistan: reworking the concept of the informal economy. Halle / Saale: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.