A Shop of One's Own: Independence and Reputation Among Traders in Aleppo

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I.B.Tauris, Dec 2, 2005 - Business & Economics - 221 pages
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Traders, bazaaris and shop-keepers constitute a very important social and economic category in the Middle East. Based upon extensive fieldwork carried out by Annika Rabo among the traders of Aleppo, it sheds new light on how this politically sensitive social group views itself and others in the prevalent atmosphere of economic liberalization and political reform following the death of Syrian President Hafez al-Asad of Syria. The author assesses the traders' views on commerce, elections and the Syrian political succession and places them within the local market context in Aleppo, the context of the Syrian state and that of the traders' many international links.
 

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Contents

Fieldwork in the Aleppo Souq
12
The Medtna Envtronment
28
Trading Independence
47
Souq Ideals and Souq Reality
60
Names on the Market
73
Like Father Like Son?
91
Aleppo Events
102
Urban Plans Urbanity and Sense of Space and Place
116
Trading on the Margins
130
Local Connections
146
Traders of the TwentyFirst Century
165
GLOSSARY
203
INDEX
217
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About the author (2005)

Annika Rabo is a researcher with the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences and is Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at Linköping University, Sweden.

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