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Livelihoods and Survival Strategies Among the Migrant Shoe-shinning Children: A Case Study at Arada Sub-city, Addis Ababa

by Habtamu Getnet Altasseb

Mar 1, 2011
This study reveals that the livelihoods of the shoe shiners are dynamic and there is an intense solidarity among shoe-shinning children in Addis Ababa city. Most of them maintain very close social ties and networks with peer groups, relatives, customers, and with other street actors. The most predominant social tie and or network is peer group socialization which is mainly constructed on the basis of identical work and geographical origin.

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