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Title: Ulica afrykańskiego miasta jako przestrzeń życia na przykładzie Lomé, stolicy Togo


Pawlik, Jacek Jan

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Journal of Urban Ethnology 18 (2020)


Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii PAN

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The article presents the functions and significance of a street in an African city, based on the example of Lomé, the capital of Togo. The author analyzes the material collected during many years of field research, arranging it in the following dimensions: community, identity, trade, citizenship, and accessibility. The street of an African city is located in between the private and the public space. To many residents, it is a living environment, where everyday life: work, provisioning, interaction and pleasure, is played out. It is a place of intensive social relations, which are expressed in the field of connections, economic exchange, communication by the transmission of rumors, but also through solidarity and creativity in crisis situations. The street, as a living space for thousands of people and a source of livelihood, turns out to be indispensable for survival strategies, although it can also be “predatory”, because of the danger of violence and theft and because of the occult forces


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Library of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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Operational Program Digital Poland, 2014-2020, Measure 2.3: Digital accessibility and usefulness of public sector information; funds from the European Regional Development Fund and national co-financing from the state budget. ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund





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