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Making a living from old shoes. Tanzanian street vendors as urban experts


Malefakis, Alexis; Grob, Tabea; Luginbühl, Christa (2016). Making a living from old shoes. Tanzanian street vendors as urban experts. Zürich: Benteli.

Abstract

Our old shoes embark on a new life in Africa. While many people believe that their used clothes donations are distributed free of charge to the needy in the Third World, the trade in second-hand clothes is actually an international business. In addition to commercial clothes collectors, sorters, and interim dealers, thousands of street dealers in Africa live off the sale of second-hand clothes and shoes.
They have to know which shoes are in fashion on the streets at the time, the various types of customers and the styles that are in demand by them, when and where these customers are most likely to be found, how to best approach them, and what they are willing to pay. This specialized expert knowledge is the basis of a successful livelihood.
The book provides ethnographic insights into the life of a group of street dealers of the Tanzanian multi-million metropolis Dar es Salaam.

Abstract

Our old shoes embark on a new life in Africa. While many people believe that their used clothes donations are distributed free of charge to the needy in the Third World, the trade in second-hand clothes is actually an international business. In addition to commercial clothes collectors, sorters, and interim dealers, thousands of street dealers in Africa live off the sale of second-hand clothes and shoes.
They have to know which shoes are in fashion on the streets at the time, the various types of customers and the styles that are in demand by them, when and where these customers are most likely to be found, how to best approach them, and what they are willing to pay. This specialized expert knowledge is the basis of a successful livelihood.
The book provides ethnographic insights into the life of a group of street dealers of the Tanzanian multi-million metropolis Dar es Salaam.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:790 Sports, games & entertainment
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Dar es Salaam, second-hand clothes, trade, cloth, skill, Sole City, Erklärung von Bern, Public Eye, Clean Cloth Campaign, global
Language:English
Date:May 2016
Deposited On:31 May 2016 17:44
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 19:35
Publisher:Benteli
Number of Pages:111
ISBN:978-3-7165-1826-7
Related URLs:http://www.musethno.uzh.ch/de/ausstellungen/schuhhaendler.html (Organisation)
http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010650583 (Library Catalogue)
http://www.benteli.ch/de/making-a-living-from-old-shoes.html (Publisher)

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