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The struggle for the streets: processes of exclusion and inclusion of street traders in Durban, South Africa

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Millions of people worldwide make a living selling goods on the streets. This article traces the ebbs and flows of exclusion and inclusion of street traders from Durban's public spaces from the 1920s to the present. It shows that over time the city has, variously, expelled traders, allowed unmanaged trading and actively incorporated traders into urban plans. It suggests that there is an ongoing struggle for access to the streets, and draws attention to the role of the national and local state, as well as local political struggles. The history of street trading in Durban provides useful material for understanding marginality and informing policy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal,

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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