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“We are good at surviving”: Street hustling in Addis Ababa's inner city

Di Nunzio, Marco (2012) “We are good at surviving”: Street hustling in Addis Ababa's inner city. Urban Forum, 23 (4). pp. 433-447. ISSN 1015-3802

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s12132-012-9156-y


Recent studies of the informal economy have tried to understand how the politics of informal actors and their attempts at organizing themselves have created new collective platforms for social practice and social action in the African city (Lindell Africa's informal workers. Collective agency, alliances and transnational organizing in urban Africa (pp. 1–33) 2010; Meagher African Studies Review 54(2):47–72, 2011). These studies have suggested that the informal is not only the domain of the poor and their form of solidarity but also a terrain where new powerful actors in and outside the city might emerge and where power dynamics and forms of differentiation are at work. With a similar theoretical concern, this paper focuses on how engagement with the “street economy” among men between their mid-20s and mid-30s in Addis Ababa's inner city reveals broader experiences of exclusion and marginalization.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Springer
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 10:35
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:33

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