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Street trading in the shadows of the Arab Spring

Brown, Alison Margaret Braithwaite, Kafafy, Nezar and Hayder, Adnane 2017. Street trading in the shadows of the Arab Spring. Environment and Urbanization 29 (1) , pp. 283-298. 10.1177/0956247816673559

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Abstract

This paper examines the Arab revolutions of 2011 in Tunisia and Egypt, and their impact on street traders in Tunis and Cairo. Drawing on the literatures on urban conflict and resilience, the paper argues that the authoritarian regimes that the revolutions deposed left a vacuum in governance in which street traders found it hard to profit from the idealism and opportunism of an emerging new order. Despite being hindered by their lack of organization and voice, and disruption to their trade during the revolutions, street traders displayed resilience through small-scale adaptations to their trade and absorbed newcomers into the sector in the face of political conflict.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arab Spring / community resilience / informal economy / street trade / urban violence
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0956-2478
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 March 2017
Date of Acceptance: 20 September 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:02
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/98963

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