Title
Tycoons and contraband : informal cross-border trade in West Nile, North-Western Uganda Tycoons and contraband : informal cross-border trade in West Nile, North-Western Uganda
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Abingdon ,
Subject
Sociology
Politics
Economics
Source (journal)
Journal of eastern African studies. - Abingdon
Volume/pages
6(2012) :1 , p. 47-63
ISSN
1753-1055
1753-1063
ISI
000304375900003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article presents ethnographic evidence on the activities of the tycoons large-scale cross-border contraband traders in north-western Uganda. It shows how engagement with state officials, but also integration in the broader community are two crucial aspects which explain the functioning of informal cross-border trade or smuggling in north-western Uganda. In doing so, it shows how, although there is a high degree of interaction between the formal and the informal, the informal economy still has a distinct regulatory authority rather than simply merging in the state regulatory framework. Secondly, the regulatory authority governing this trade has a distinct plural character: rather than being either a weapon of the weak for marginalised sections of the population or a weapon of the strong for political elites, it has a much more ambiguous character, which influences the behaviour of the tycoons: both of these interactions limit the maneuvering space of these traders.
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