Catechism, Commerce and Categories: Nigerian Male Migrant Traders in Harare

  • Pedzisayi Leslie Mangezvo
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


In many respects, Nigerian male migrants have reconfigured relationships and power relations in Harare’s downtown flea markets. I argue in this chapter that their presence in Harare’s flea market sector is contributing to the production of socialities that are not necessarily governed by nationality, ethnicity or religion, but fuse together the national and the global. Building on an extended ethnography, the chapter uses Nigerian men’s experiences in Harare to explore the means, ends and ethics of immigrant integration. I use interconnected sites of integration (church, market and residence) to interrogate the embeddedness of Nigerians into the socio-economic fabric of Harare and conclude that because of the formal and political exclusions they encounter, networks and bribes offer a way in and help in forging a certain kind of integration.


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  • Pedzisayi Leslie Mangezvo
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  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences, College of Social Sciences, Theology, Humanities and EducationAfrica UniversityMutareZimbabwe

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