Let's Clean Up and Bring Some Order Here! Moral Regulation of Markets in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Aurélie Toivonen, Ignasi Martí

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Abstract

This study examines activities and processes through which projects of moral regulation are implemented as well as lived, transformed, and resisted by their targeted actors. Our ethnographic study focuses on discourses and practices of civic duty for orderly and hygienic conduct in the rehabilitation of marketplaces in Yaoundé, Cameroon. By drawing on the inhabited institutions approach and the literature on ethics as practice, our analysis extends research on moral work to put forward a perspective on moral regulation as a situated practice. We show how moral work is built on individual reflections but is simultaneously negotiated through actors' relationships, that is, responsibilities to family, interactions within the community, and personal history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-168
Number of pages33
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Ethics as practice
  • Inhabited institutions
  • Moral regulation
  • Moral work
  • Morality
  • Street vendors

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