Making a Living from Old Shoes

Tanzanian Street Vendors as Urban Experts

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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.

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ISBN: 9783716518267 Category:

Mareile Flitsch

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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, 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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Weight 576 g
Dimensions 17 x 25.8 cm
Publisher name bnb media gmbh, Zurich
Publication date 28 November 2016
Number of pages 112
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Mareile Flitsch
Dimensions 17 x 25.8 cm
Weight 576 g