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Title:ASR Forum: engaging with African informal economies: social inclusion or adverse incorporation? Introduction
Editors:Meagher, KateISNI
Lindell, IldaISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:informal sector
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External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2013.79
Abstract:This ASR Forum explores current trends in the deepening incorporation of the informal economy into mainstream economic development and governance processes, and considers what these new models of informal economic inclusion really offer to Africa's informal workers. The articles in the ASR Forum are the product of a workshop entitled 'Re-integrating African Informal Economies: Social Inclusion or Bargain Basement Citizenship?' held at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics, on December 12?13, 2011. A key objective of the workshop was to explore processes of informal economic inclusion in a variety of domains (service provision, markets, taxation, and political organization) from above and from below, and from African as well as Western perspectives. The first two articles, by Michal Lyons, Alison Brown, and Zhigang Li, and by Ebbe Prag, explore how global trading networks between Africa and China are transforming economic opportunity among African informal traders. Catherine Dolan and Kate Roll, and Mary Kinyanjui consider how processes of informal economic inclusion affect poor African women. The contribution by Frances Cleaver, Tom Franks, Faustin Maganga, and Kurt Hall questions perceptions of subaltern agency, drawing on fieldwork in rural Tanzania. Gunilla Andrae and Bjorn Beckman explore the role of informal enterprise associations and labour unions in empowering Nigerian tailors. Finally, Kate Meagher examines how informal enterprise associations and ethnic business systems influence social and economic integration in the context of severe religious conflict in northern Nigeria. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]