'This collection, with its excellent editorial introduction, makes a groundbreaking contribution to understanding the ways in which informal workers are developing new forms of collective organisation for exercising voice and agency, illustrating both the scope for and constraints on their ability to exert political influence. Always fascinating. as might be expected in the varied terrain of Sub-Saharan Africa, the accounts are by turns depressing and inspiring.'
Carole Rakodi, The University of Birmingham
'The "informal sector" keeps moving and changing. Social scientists have to be very attentive to keep up as reality escapes theory and as organizations become as global as the commodities they distribute. This collection brings together empirical studies from varied contexts, based primarily in Africa, many by African scholars, allowing a crucial opportunity for new perceptions and comparisons, and for identifying key dynamics to track into the future.'
Jane I. Guyer, Johns Hopkins University
'The majority of African urbanites display profound ingenuity and tenacity as they navigate the grinding vicissitudes of slum urbanism. Africa's Informal Workers is an impressive example of the rigour and theoretical deftness required to acknowledge and engage the politics of urban informality in all its variegated complicatedness. This cutting-edge volume is indispensable reading for urbanists, activists and policy makers.'
Edgar Pieterse, University of Cape Town