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Airtime selling in Abidjan and food delivery in Berlin
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This chapter provides background information to help with understanding what the two cases of airtime sellers in Abidjan and food delivery riders in Berlin are about. To this end, the chapter first presents the research methodology. At the focus of the comparative case study are economic practices. In-depth interviews and participant observations with airtime sellers and food delivery riders were methods used to carve out practices of organizing livelihood. The coding process started with the material in Abidjan, which was used to further develop concepts relevant in this context to see how these mattered in Berlin too. The knowledge produced in this way is embedded in the researcher's own positionalities and relations to the interlocutors and the research context, as discussed in the second section of the chapter. After contextualizing the cases in methodological perspective, the chapter then embeds airtime selling and food delivery in the broader urban settings of Abidjan and Berlin respectively, while at the same time being sensitive to the cities’ (colonial) history.

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