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Permissive Politics and Entrepreneurial Transgression in a Chinese Border Town

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-601
Number of pages33
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jan 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 10 Sep 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 14 Jan 2019


Contemporary experiences of Han Chinese traders in Hekou, a remote town on the China-Vietnam border inform discussions of permissive politics and entrepreneurial transgression at the peripheries of the state. Permissive politics facilitates the transnational movement of goods across national borders in both formal and informal ways.
Examination of cross-border smuggling as both an everyday strategy of profit-making and an act of ordinary transgression clarifies the ways in which borderland permissiveness normalizes and even rewards certain unauthorized practices on the part of traders, vendors and individuals who undertake entrepreneurial activities.

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  • China, Vietnam, borders, border trade, permissiveness, smuggling, transgression



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