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Title:The informal sector in historical perspective: the case of Tunis
Authors:Diemer, G.ISNI
Laan, E.C.W. van derISNI
Periodical:Cultures et développement
Geographic term:Tunisia
Subject:informal sector
Abstract:The concepts that have been developed to explain the so-called 'informal sector' of African cities like Lagos, Dakar, Lusaka and Nairobi, which have an a-historical focus as they are young cities, are not sufficiently differentiated to be applicable to a city of pre-colonial origin like Tunis, whose 'informal sector' presents a social structure that should be understood with a view to that city's pre-colonial history. This article discusses an element of this social structure, viz. the social stratification. After discussing the choice of their concepts, the authors turn to a description of the present stratification within the 'informal sector' of Tunis, then present historical data attesting the pre-colonial origin of this stratification and in a final section sum up their conclusion. Notes, tab.