'The market is far away': global connections and economic remoteness in rural Ukraine

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This article examines the role of the ‘global market’ in the exacerbation of economic remoteness in rural Ukraine. Based on a case study of a UK-sponsored project that set up a sewing centre in a rural community in Odesa province, I explore how unequal access to the global economy is determined by the type of market sought and the type of product designated for production. The approach looks critically at ‘the market’—as both a Western-oriented ideological construct and set of practices—that serves to distance the community from centres of global economic importance, both in a temporal and spatial sense.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-471
Number of pages21
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number3
Early online date25 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The ‘Know How Fund’ sponsored various small-scale agricultural projects such as household irrigation schemes. This support was mostly in the form of advice rather than financial assistance.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 University of Glasgow.


  • economic remoteness
  • global market
  • Ukraine
  • rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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