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Author Andrae, Gunilla
Title Africa's Informal Workers : Collective Agency, Alliances and Transnational Organizing in Urban Africa
Imprint London : Zed Books, 2010
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (248 pages)
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Series Africa Now
Africa Now
Note Intro -- Africa Now -- About the editor -- Acronyms -- Introduction: the changing politics of informality - collective organizing, alliances and scales of engagement -- Introduction -- Locating the 'informal' -- The emergence of new organized actors -- Differentiation in the informal economy and associational dynamics -- Relations with dominating power -- Organizing across the formal-informal 'divide' -- International organizing -- Complex landscapes of actors and the politics of informality -- The contributions -- PART ONE | The political dynamics of collective organizing -- 1 | Seen but not heard: urban voice and citizenship for street traders -- Introduction: the informal economy of the urban South -- Urban governance and institutions -- Methods -- Table 1.1 2006 Human Development Index (HDI) ratings, UNDP -- Manifestations of 'urban voice' -- Four contrasting traditions -- 2 | The politics of vulnerability: exit, voice and capture in three Nigerian informal manufacturing clusters -- Introduction: from exit to voice? -- Associational origins -- Internal organization -- External linkages -- Conclusion -- 3 | Women leaders and the sense of power: clientelism and citizenship at the Dantokpa market in Cotonou, Benin -- Introduction -- Female power in West African markets -- Dantokpa market - the economic and political heart of Benin -- Women's market associations in a post-colonial perspective -- The heritage of women's influence at Dantokpa -- Emerging male leaders and women's organized responses -- Conclusion -- PART TWO | Constructing alliances: organizing across the formal-informal 'divide' -- 4 | Alliances across the formal-informal divide: South African debates and Nigerian experiences -- The problem: bridging the formal-informal divide -- A South African debate: the failure of bridging
Union leadership and popular forces: Nigerian experiences -- The industrial union perspective -- The tailors' perspective -- Union failure: a new labour aristocracy? -- Interviews, Kaduna, February 2007 -- 5 | Self-organized informal workers and trade union initiatives in Malawi: organizing the informal economy -- Introduction -- The economic and political context of organization -- Self-organization in the informal economy: case study of street vendors' associations -- Trade union initiatives in the informal economy -- Organizing the informal economy - which way? -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgements -- 6 | Moments of resistance: the struggle against informalization in Cape Town -- Introduction -- New incoming realities, new ways of organizing? -- Post-apartheid unionism and the dilemmas of alliance-building -- Confronting the threat and reality of neoliberalization in Cape Town -- Concluding remarks -- Acknowledgements -- 7 | The possibilities for collective organization of informal port workers in Tema, Ghana -- Introduction -- Informalization and the possibilities for organizing -- Informalization and casualization in Ghana -- The alliance between MDU and the local unions: what are the benefits? -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgements -- PART THREE | International dimensions of organizing -- 8 | The 'China challenge': the global dimensions of activism and the informal economy in Dakar -- Introduction -- Organizing in the bounded and local informal economy -- Informalizing, nationalizing and globalizing Dakar -- Responses and strategies: traders, consumers and Chinese immigrants -- Reflections on organizing in the informal economy -- Acknowledgement -- 9 | Passport, please: the Cross-Border Traders Association in Zambia -- Introduction -- Background -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgements
Appendix: typology of goods sold at the COMESA Flea Market, Lusaka, and their sources -- Interviews -- 10 | Informal workers in Kenya and transnational organizing: networking and leveraging resources -- Introduction -- The political economy of informal work -- The informal economy and organizing in Kenya -- Characteristics of local associations -- KENASVIT and local organizing -- KENASVIT's activities -- KENASVIT and transnational organizing -- Local achievements and challenges -- Concluding remarks -- Notes -- Introduction -- Chapters 2 and 3 -- Chapters 5, 6 and 7 -- Chapters 9 and 10 -- Bibliography -- About the contributors -- Index
Africa's Informal Workers is a vigorous examination of the informalization and casualization of work, which is changing livelihoods in Africa and beyond
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Andrae, Gunilla Africa's Informal Workers : Collective Agency, Alliances and Transnational Organizing in Urban Africa London : Zed Books,c2010 9781848134522
Subject Casual labor -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.;Informal sector (Economics) -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.;Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Economic conditions.;Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Social conditions
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