Traditional food markets, power relations and waste management: A qualitative study

T. O. Odeyale, F. K. Omole, B. Sodagar, N. Temple, C. O'Coill

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The rapid urbanization of Sub-Saharan Africa from a purely agrarian society to a city based one is an interesting phenomenon to study. However, recent studies have shown that there is a lack of understanding of socio-cultural factors and subtle power relations that brought about these transformations, especially in developing society. Thus, the paper reports a qualitative study in which interviews were conducted and sizeable numbers of open ended questionnaires were administered and analysed based on the Actor Network Theory. The study examines the often overlooked factors that have impacted on the growth of the built environment, by taking a closer look at the urban centre in relation to the main food market called Oja Oba located in the centre of the city of Akure, Nigeria. During the course of the field research, respondents observed that the general appearance of the city, urban lifestyle and city liveability is directly impacted by the issue of food waste, waste generation and waste disposal. This paper concludes that in the drive towards a sustainable city in the developing world and effective waste management there is need to understand the layers of underlying socio-cultural issues that prompted these changes which are subtle and sometime quite sudden with intended and unintended consequences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWaste Management and the Environment VI
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781845646073
ISBN (Print)9781845646066
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment - New Forest, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20126 Jul 2012
Conference number: 6 (Link to Conference Information)

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
PublisherWIT Press


Conference6th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment
Abbreviated titleWM 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNew Forest
Internet address


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