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Title:Spaces of contention: tension around street vendors' struggle for livelihoods and spatial justice in Lilongwe, Malawi
Authors:Tonda, Nanase
Kepe, ThembelaISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:market vendors
informal sector
local politics
External link:https://doi.org/10.1007/s12132-016-9291-y
Abstract:Street vending is a global phenomenon in both developing and developed countries. While this activity is often framed through clashes between state policy and street vending activities, the authors argue that it would be a mistake for state actors and critics to ignore nuanced explanations of why street vendors do what they do despite the continuous tension around them. The authors draw on the case of Lilongwe, Malawi, and other cities in southern Africa, to discuss some observations that can better reflect on how street vending has become such a contentious space that even leads to violence. They conclude that there is a need for sensible urban planning that recognizes informality as a reality, addresses its potential and underlying danger, and redistributes the ordinary people's struggle for spatial justice. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]