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The aftermath of eviction in the Nigerian informal economy

Omoegun, Ademola O., MacKie, Peter ORCID: and Brown, Alison ORCID: 2019. The aftermath of eviction in the Nigerian informal economy. International Development Planning Review 41 (1) , pp. 107-128. 10.3828/idpr.2018.30

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This article examines the mechanisms through which street traders claim and maintain access to urban space in the aftermath of eviction – a phenomenon that affects poor urban workers across the global South. Whilst much is known about the immediate impacts of evictions, there has been limited consideration of the post-eviction, longer-term responses of traders. Drawing on primary research in Lagos, Nigeria, this article analyses street trader responses to eviction, with a focus on their strategies for claiming access to space. The study highlights the importance of both individual and collective actions in re-establishing a foothold in public space. However, maintaining access to public space proved to be more problematic, with collective action severely diminished through the co-option of trader associations by urban authorities. This new knowledge has the potential to strengthen the resilience of traders to future evictions and their potentially devastating impacts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 1474-6743
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 25 August 2018
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 01:59

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