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Title:The impact of Chinese business on market entry in Ghana and Senegal
Authors:Marfaing, LaurenceISNI
Thiel, Alena
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Geographic terms:Ghana
urban economy
small enterprises
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_the_journal_of_the_international_african_institute/v083/83.4.marfaing.pdf
Abstract:In this article the authors analyse the currently observable changes in the norms and orders that regulate market entry in the Ghanaian and Senegalese trade sectors. They portray the three distinct ways in which - facilitated by the presence of independent Chinese migrants - previously excluded actors are now able to enter the market, without needing to rely on the networks that typically mediate access to start-up capital needs - such as selling space, marketing skills and, not least, capital stock. Creatively appropriating the new situation, these previously excluded actors have thus found in the Chinese presence a means of bypassing restrictive economic, social and religious networks. In-depth ethnographic fieldwork in 2011 and 2012 has revealed that while aspiring traders from Ghana and Senegal applaud the newly opened pathways to gainful economic activity, more established local merchants in the urban centres of both countries feel and express a discontent with the growing Chinese presence - as they see their role as gatekeepers of the market order being increasingly undermined. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]