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Work and life of women in the informal sector : a case study of the Warwick Avenue Triangle.

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This thesis presents a case study of women working in the informal sector in the Warwick Avenue Triangle of Durban. It documents and analyses the ways in which twenty women experience and contribute to recent changes in the urban informal sector. The women in this study are seen as knowledgeable agents who actively participate in their changing social and spatial worlds. In order to do this structuration theory, as a general philosophy of society, has been drawn on and linked to substantiative bodies of theory on the informal sector and feminist theory in geography. Field methods, appropriate to the investigation of meanings the informal sector were employed. The data collected was qualitatively interpreted in the light of the theory. The thesis concludes with a summary of the main findings and suggestions are made for policy and areas of future research on women in the informal sector.


Thesis (M.Soc.Sci.)-University of Natal, Durban, 1993.


Women, black--Employment--Durban., Women, black--Durban--Social conditions., Women, black--Durban--Economic conditions., Informal sector (Economics)--Durban., Self-employed women--Durban., Self-employed women--Case studies., Theses--Geography.