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Negotiating Borders: A case study of the spaces of Indian retail traders in Kampala
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study engages in the question of how a group of Indian traders in Uganda negotiate their access to the city's economic spaces by following their trajectories from their country of origin to Kampala. The aim of the thesis is to analyse the construction and negotiability of the state border in this process. Theoretical insights from border studies are used to discuss how borders can be reimagined, taking on different forms in relation to what they seek to control. The agency to engage with and negotiate borders is discussed based on insights from citizenship studies. The result indicates that trajectories are shaped based on a graduated understanding of places, grounded in notions of the negotiability of access across borders. This thesis identifies borders within the city of Kampala and describes the strategies developed in response to these, which aim to influence the construction of, as well as, act in relation to borders. The thesis demonstrates that rather than being super-structures, borders are negotiable and context bound. The extent to which these can be adapted depends both on individual and collective agency which has consequences on the trajectories of both people and places, like Kampala.

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2013. , 74 p.
Keyword [en]
mobility, borders, agency, migration, Kampala, Uganda, community, strategy, negotiation
National Category
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-91450OAI: diva2:633867
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-06-28 Created: 2013-06-27 Last updated: 2013-06-28Bibliographically approved

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