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Informality and Collective Organising: identities, alliances and transnational activism in Africa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2010 (English)In: Third World Quarterly, ISSN 0143-6597, E-ISSN 1360-2241, Vol. 31, no 2, 207-222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper is a conceptual exploration of the dimensions of the contemporary politics of informal economies, from the vantage point of collective organising by 'informal workers'. It inquires into the formation of the political subjectivities and collective identities of informal actors. The importance of the relations between their organisations and other organised actors is illustrated with a discussion of emerging alliances with trade unions. The transnational scales of collective organising by 'informal workers' are addressed. The paper suggests an analytical approach that takes account of the diversity of organised actors, of a variety of governing powers and of the various spatial scales of social struggle involved in the politics of informal livelihoods today. The reflections are informed by the considerable social and economic differentiation contained in informal economies and emphasise the importance of the great diversity of actors, positions, agendas and identities for understanding the complex and contingent politics of informality. Empirical illustrations are drawn from the African continent, but the discussions in the paper address wider trends and theoretical debates of relevance for other developing regions.

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2010. Vol. 31, no 2, 207-222 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-48995DOI: 10.1080/01436591003711959ISI: 000277728600003OAI: diva2:376204
authorCount :1<Available from: 2010-12-10 Created: 2010-12-10 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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