Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This article explores the links between informal moneylending and aspects of sociality and morality. It documents the moral reasoning and strategizing of two female moneylenders who operate in the radically destabilized context of post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. By analyzing these women's lending practices and the way they talk about their experiences, we document the constitutive intertwinement of morality, sociality, and formality in the workings of credit and debt, and demonstrate how questionable behavior is transformed into moral practice. This in turn highlights important features of the post-Soviet capitalist frontier.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-1518
Print ISSN
0003-5491
Pages
pp. 1049-1074
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-13
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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