The Aftermath of Eviction in the Nigerian Informal Economy
Omoegun, Ademola O.
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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.
CitationOmoegun, Ademola O; Mackie, Peter and Brown, Alison (2019) The Aftermath of Eviction in the Nigerian Informal Economy, International Development Planning Review (2019), 41, (1), 107–128. DOI https://doi.org/10.3828/idpr.2018.30
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