Navigating the City Center: Young Street Hawkers in Algiers
Schlagworte:Algiers, Youth, Urban Peripheries, Informality, Street Politics
This paper explores the significance of navigating practices in the everyday life of young street hawkers in the peripheral urban areas of Algiers. The French expression naviguer ("navigating") is used by young people in colloquial Arabic to describe practices of getting by and being on the move in outdoor urban spaces. By navigating the central spaces of the Algerian capital, young people resist social and spatial exclusion. Based on the results of research conducted at Martyrs Square between 2009 and 2012, this paper aims to scrutinize the "politics of navigating" and argues that navigating practices both preserve and challenge the status quo.