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Abuja is not for the poor: Street vending and the politics of public space
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-3411-4826
2020 (Engelska)Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 109, s. 14-23Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
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The article examines how street vendors in Abuja, Nigeria are experiencing and responding to the attempts to restrict their access to public space. Modernist planning and the increasing trend in the privatization of public space is limiting the amount and types of public spaces available to street vendors. Drawing largely on primary research, the article reports that street vendors are responding by adopting a range of spatial, relational and temporal tactics. Specifically, it cites the Ready-to-Run tactic, relocating to relatively more secure sites, informal relations and networks and operating at certain times of the day. Access to the street and mobility are key factors that shape the types of tactics adopted. Vendors prioritize proximity to the street in order to maximize access to potential customers. The highly mobile vendors are more likely to adopt spatial and temporal tactics, while the less mobile tend to rely on informal relations and networks. Furthermore, in the absence of formal organizing, individual agency is more prevalent. Where collective agency exists, it is often a response to an immediate challenge. Gender and age influence the experiences of vendors and the tactics adopted. The Abuja case is a notable example of the link between modernist planning, particularly the master plan approach and socio-spatial exclusion. As a city built from scratch, the plan laid the foundation for socio-spatial exclusion by planning the poor out of the city. The plan remains at the centre of contemporary urban politics, notably the relations between the state and informal workers.

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2020. Vol. 109, s. 14-23
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Modernity, Neoliberalism, Public space, Street vendors, Abuja, Nigeria
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-179975DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.12.012ISI: 000518703600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-179975DiVA, id: diva2:1415489
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Vetenskapsrådet, 2015-03474Tillgänglig från: 2020-03-18 Skapad: 2020-03-18 Senast uppdaterad: 2022-03-23Bibliografiskt granskad

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