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The persistence of indigenous African markets in the context of a hostile or neglectful business and policy environment makes them worthy of analysis. An investigation of Afrocentric business ethics is long overdue. Attempting to understand the actions and efforts of informal traders and artisans from their own points of view, and analysing how they organise and get by, allows for viable approaches to be identified to integrate them into global urban models and cultures. Using the utu-ubuntu model to understand the activities of traders and artisans in Nairobi�s markets, this book explores how, despite being consistently excluded and disadvantaged, they shape urban spaces in and around the city, and contribute to its development as a whole. With immense resilience, and without discarding their own socio-cultural or economic values, informal traders and artisans have created a territorial complex that can be described as the African metropolis. African Markets and the Utu-buntu Business Model sheds light on the ethics and values that underpin the work of traders and artisans in Nairobi, as well as their resilience and positive impact on urbanisation. This book makes an important contribution to the discourse on urban economics and planning in African cities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. ii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Plates
  2. p. vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. x-xiv
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  1. 1 Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part One - Traders, Artisans and Urban Planning
  1. 2 Traders and artisans in global economic thinking
  2. pp. 15-29
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  1. 3 Urban planning and economic informality in Nairobi: A brief history
  2. pp. 30-49
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  1. 4 Urban theory and the ‘African metropolis’
  2. pp. 50-69
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  1. Part Two - The Making of an African City
  1. 5 The indigenisation of Nairobi
  2. pp. 73-93
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  1. 6 The ‘African metropolis’ in Nairobi
  2. pp. 94-110
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  1. Part Three - Utu-Ubuntu Enhancing Urban Resilience
  1. 7 The utu-ubuntu business model
  2. pp. 113-121
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  1. 8 Utu-ubuntu nests, bonds and associations
  2. pp. 122-134
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  1. Plates
  2. pp. 135-150
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  1. 9 Towards the formation of autonomous communities
  2. pp. 151-158
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  1. 10 Cultural villages: Broadening the model
  2. pp. 159-171
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 172-175
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  1. References
  2. pp. 176-184
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  1. About the author
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781928331797
Related ISBN
9781928331780
MARC Record
OCLC
1120219128
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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