Marginal Hubs: On Conviviality Beyond the Urban in Asia

Magnus Marsden, Madeleine Reeves

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This Special Issue explores the forms of coexistence that emerge in what we call ‘marginal hubs’: sites that appear geographically or political marginal, but which emerge as sites of intense and often volatile sociability, including border posts, container markets, industrial workshops, and pilgrim encampments. Such sites, which often come into being suddenly and remote from the great urban centres, fit easily neither within the framework of the Asian urban, nor of the continent’s villages and small towns. By exploring the forms of sociability important to everyday life in such places we seek to widen the spectrum of settings that are recognised by scholars across the humanities and social sciences as having the potential for offering productive insights into understanding how heterogeneity is handled in Asia and beyond. This Introduction sets out the theoretical stakes of such an approach, as well as introducing the papers in the Special Issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-775
Number of pages20
JournalModern Asian Studies
Issue number2
Early online date28 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


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