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    DescriptionThis study of transnational trade between Central Africa and Europe focuses on the lives of individual traders from Kinshasa and Brazzaville who operate across national frontiers and often outside state laws. Excluded from other social and economic opportunities, participation by traders in this international second economy challenges and resists the constraints on their lives in both Africa and Europe. Their trading activities are unmeasured, unrecorded, often outside or on the margins of the law, and are sustained by complex networks through which their commodities are circulated. Who are these traders? What strategies do they have, not only to survive but to shine? What kind of networks do they rely on? And what implications does their trade have for globalization? The authors consider these and other questions in this study.

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    Transnational Traders on the Margins of the Law
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Janet MacGaffey, By (author) Remy Bazenguissa-Ganga
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    ISBN 13: 9780852552605
    ISBN 10: 0852552602

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC E4L: ECO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S4.5
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: KCLT
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: JFS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFJ
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 41
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 42
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000, POL024000, BUS069020
    DC22: 382/.096724/044
    LC classification: HF3911.Z5 M33 2000
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    BISAC V2.8: LCO001000
    DC21: 382.096704
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    Thema V1.0: KCL, JBS
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1D, 1HFJ
    Illustrations note
    bibliography, index
    James Currey
    Imprint name
    James Currey
    Publication date
    01 June 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    'Congo-Paris is another book in the impressive African Issues series, and it combines the high standards and frank realities that have characterised the series...a meticulous and illuminating empirical case-study, based on a thorough set of research methods.' - Khalid Koser in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 'This fascinating book explores a neglected topic in African studies: petty transnational illegal trade between central Africa and Europe. Congo-Paris is unusual in at least three ways. First, it is concerned with the informal sector, focused as it is on the commercial activities of young traders who seek their 'fortune' by setting up links between France and Africa. Second, it discusses in some detail the question of African identity as it evolves in the course of such a long bi-continental roving existence. Finally, it examines the relationship between seemingly insignificant trading activities and the evolution of globalization - as it applies to Africa ... based on a relatively new form of anthropological research...' - Patrick Chabal in International Affairs '...an impressive illustration of the vigour of coping in the most daunting conditions of economic and political collapse' - Nigel Harris in Development Policy Review '...intriguing book...' - African Business 'The strength of the work is in ethnographic detail and argument.' - ASAAP
    Table of contents
    Introduction - Studying trade & traders on the margins of the law - Resisting exlusion: moving into trade as a reaction to repression, economic collapse, civil violence & lack of opportunity - Consumption: culture, commodities & identity - Contesting boundaries: the defiant search for success - The organization of the trade: personal relations, reciprocity, sanctions - To survive & shine: the oppositional culture of nganda bars in Paris - Conclusion.