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Caroline Humphrey

Caroline Humphrey (University of Cambridge) is an anthropologist who has worked in Russia, Mongolia, China (Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang), India, Nepal and Ukraine. She has researched a wide range of themes including Soviet and post-Soviet provincial economy and society; Buryat and Daur shamanism; trade and barter in Nepal; environment and the pastoral economy in Mongolia; the history and contemporary situation of Buddhism in Inner Mongolia; and urban transformations in post-Socialist cities (Buryatia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine). She has written on inequality and exclusion, theories of ritualisation, the politics of memory, naming practices, and ethics and conceptions of freedom.

Recent publications include A Monastery in Time: The Making of Mongolian Buddhism (2013, University of Chicago); Trust and Mistrust in the Economies of the China-Russia Borderlands (2018, Amsterdam University Press); and On the Edge: Life Along the Russia-China Border, co-authored with Franck Billé (2021, Harvard University Press).

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