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INDÉSIRABLES DANS LA VILLE, UTILES DANS L’ORDURE ? LES RÉCUPÉRATEURS DE DÉCHETS URBAINS ENTRE RELÉGATION, INTÉGRATION ET DEMANDE DE RECONNAISSANCE (CASABLANCA, RABAT)

Abstract : In Morocco, because they rummage through rubbish bins, wastepickers are undesirable and relegated outside the society and the city, even though their activities are the basis of the informal and formal economy of recycling. Their exclusion is related to the social construction of « undesirability » and to urban management policies attempting to regulate their activities, to repress, and sometimes to instrumentalize them. Their dual position – being outcasts too much visible in public places and cheap labour force needed by the recycling industry – shows how the figure of the wastepicker is ambiguous. Even if the emergence of small entrepreneurs (wholesalers and recyclers) comes with the claim for recognition of their work and rights. However, as they are almost never involved in the public debates on reforms about waste management system, they are not able to reduce nor to escape the “undesirability”. This situation questions finally the responsibility of political actors.
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Etienne Allix, Bénédicte Florin. INDÉSIRABLES DANS LA VILLE, UTILES DANS L’ORDURE ? LES RÉCUPÉRATEURS DE DÉCHETS URBAINS ENTRE RELÉGATION, INTÉGRATION ET DEMANDE DE RECONNAISSANCE (CASABLANCA, RABAT). Géographie et cultures, L'Harmattan, 2016, Les Indésirables, pp.23-45. ⟨halshs-01718589⟩

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