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Contested Space

By Alison Brown
ISBN: 9781853396304
Based on a research study in four developing cities - Dar Es Salaam, Kumasi, Maseru, and Kathmandu - Contested Space explores the survival strategies of street traders and their relationships with city governments, and examines the practical and policy implications for pro-poor street management.

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  • Synopsis
    The importance of public space in supporting city economies and in contributing to poverty reduction is rarely recognized. Instead, public space is more often an arena for contest – between municipal governments or other vested interests, and street traders, whose activities are proscribed by restrictive social norms, ambiguous legal status, street violence, or an official response that vacillates between indifference and eviction.

    Based on a research study in four developing cities – Dar Es Salaam, Kumasi, Maseru, and Kathmandu – Contested Space explores the survival strategies of street traders and their relationships with city governments, and examines the practical and policy implications for pro-poor street management. This is essential reading for all those interested in innovative city governance, for planners, NGOs, students, academics, and practitioners in Development Studies and Urban Development.
  • Table of Contents
    Part I – Public Space and Urban Livelihoods
    1. Challenging Street Livelihoods
    2. Urban Public Space in the Developing World: A Resource for the Poor
    3. Informal enterprise and street trading: a civil society and urban management perspective
    Part II – Street Trading in Four Cities
    4. Setting the Context: social, economic and political influences on the informal sector in Ghana, Lesotho, Nepal and Tanzania
    5. An enabling framework? Governance and street trading in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    6. Fulcrum of the urban economy: governance and street livelihoods in Kumasi, Ghana
    7. Poverty reduction strategies in Ghana
    8. Contest and conflict: governance and street livelihoods in Maseru, Lesotho
    9. The new urban economy: governance and street livelihoods in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
    Part III – Towards a Pro-poor Policy Agenda
    10. Street trading in four cities: a comparison
    Notes
    List of Abbreviations
    References
  • Endorsements
    'This book breaks new ground in linking the literature on urban design, urban livelihoods and the informal economy...it is essential reading.'
    Tony Lloyd-Jones, University of Westminster.
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Alison Brown
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 268
    Format Paperback / softback
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