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In the Shadow of the States: the Informalities of Chinese Petty Entrepreneurship in Nigeria

Im Schatten der Staaten : die Informalitäten chinesischen Kleinunternehmertums in Nigeria
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Xiao, Allen Hai

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Abstract "The burgeoning interstate relation between China and Nigeria is in fact hiding the vulnerable condition of transnational Chinese petty entrepreneurship. Small-scale Chinese entrepreneurs in Nigeria are faced with everyday corruption practised by both Nigerian authorities and ordinary Nigerian people, the dominance of self-interest over cohesion and mutual support among the Chinese compatriots, and variations in state policies due to dynamic and changing interstate relations. To overcome their position of weakness, small-scale Chinese entrepreneurs strategize their interactions with both Nigerian and Chinese nationals. Informality is a characteristic of such interactions. Economic informality is primarily embodied in the documentation service businesses that are indebted to those popular corrupt practices in Nigeria; while social informality takes place in cyberspace. Interaction via the Internet among Chinese involved in Chinese-Nigerian businesses helps small-scale Chinese entrepreneurs to cope with fluctuations in interstate links at the macro-level and to develop a sense of community." (author's abstract)
Keywords small business; Chinese; Nigeria; vulnerability; corruption; informal structure; China; West Africa; developing country; Far East
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Sociology of Economics
Document language German
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 75-105
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 44 (2015) 1
Issue topic The Chinese presence in Africa: a learning process
ISSN 1868-1026
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs