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Local communities in non-Western countries are often treated by international institutions as rather passive subjects, which need to be taught by experts and re-organized according to Western socioeconomic models. As a result of such an approach, many development agencies tend to overlook and omit the locals’ own forms of social activity and their ideas of self-organization. In this article I would like to focus on the bottom-up process of change in contemporary Mongolia and the Mongolians’ own, idiomatic ideas and practices of initiating and arranging development. I refer to a research conducted in the Bulgan sum, which is located on the southern slopes of the Altai. I mainly focus on the post-transitional economic activities in Bulgan, which involve collective management of goods and new kinds of business related to cross-border trade. In the study I write about informal networks and self-organisation of Torghut businessmen , but also about the idioms of spiritually-beneficial action stimulating common fate, fortune-prosperity, life energy and potency.


development, prosperity, informality, bottom up processes, Troghuts, Mongolia

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