Weaving in and out of employment and self-employment: young rural migrants in the informal economies of Ouagadougou

Thorsen, Dorte (2013) Weaving in and out of employment and self-employment: young rural migrants in the informal economies of Ouagadougou. International Development Planning Review, 35 (2). pp. 203-218. ISSN 1474-6743

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Abstract

This paper explores how young men of rural origin weave a resource base for social mobility in the urban informal economy by combining strings of employment, strands of entrepreneurship and continued migration. The paper is based on ethnographic material produced with migrants aged 14-25 years in Ouagadougou and Abidjan between 2005 and 2008 but draws on three extended case studies to show how young migrants’ social position in the network of kin shapes their navigation of urban economies The paper argues that young Bisa migrants enjoy a large degree of economic autonomy from their early teens, which is agreed upon in rural and urban households. This autonomy permits them to spend their savings on themselves but erodes their economic standing because they have to meet their own basic consumption needs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Burkina Faso, urban informal economy, rural-urban migration, child labour, youth employment
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dorte Thorsen
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 06:17
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 08:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44815

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