Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 394


Is the wind of change blowing? A Study of Socio-cultural Context of Access to a Place to Sell in Zaria, Nigeria

Mohammed–Bello Yunusa
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru – Zaria, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 09 December 2008
  •  Published: 31 December 2008



This paper examines the relationship between urban governance structures, traders and their organisation in accessing a place to sell as well as the traders’ role in market management and provisioning. The report further analysed female economic activities and space. The female economic activities basically remain within the household compound spaces in keeping with restricted contact between men and women as dictated by Islamic and cultural codes of conduct that defines public and private space for males and females in a predominantly Hausa Fulani Islamic communities. The report notes that the intensifying female economic activities in household spaces are linked to the market space without demanding for a place.


Key words: Governance, gender, market, reform, urban management, access, redevelopment.