Addressing the current dearth of available literature on this topic, the editors use a range of international case studies to explore street vending and informal economies which continue to be, especially in developing countries, a vital economic driver.
This volume collects essays from authors around the world about the markets and vendors they know best, including studies of USA, China, Mexico, Turkey. The contributors speak of the struggles that vendors have faced to legitimize their activity, the role that they play in helping societies adapt to and survive catastrophes as well as the practical roles that they play in both the local and global social and economic system.
As well as highlighting the importance of street markets as a phenomenon of interest in itself to a growing body of scholarship, this study demonstrates how an analysis of street vending can provide insights not only into economic anthropology, but also urban studies, post modernism, spatial geography, political sociology and globalization theory.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Locating Street Markets in the Modern/Postmodern World Part 1: Appropriating Space - Political and Social Regulation of Street Markets 2. Capitalism, Modernity and the 'Appropriate' Use of Space 3. Redefining Rules: A Market for Public Space in Caracas, Venezuela 4. Legal Responses to Sidewalk Vending: The Case of Los Angeles, California 5. Street Vendors at the Border: From Political Spectacle to Bureaucratic Iron Cage? 6. Street Vending in Urban India: The Struggle for Recognition 7. The Conflict between Street Vendors and Local Authorities: The Case of Market Traders in Ankara, Turkey 8. Pirates on the High Streets: The Street as a Site of Local Resistance to Globalization Part 2: Making the Sale: Strategies, Survival and Embeddedness 9. Trust in Markets: Economies of Regard and Spaces of Contestation in Alternative Food Networks 10. Institutional Perspectives on Understanding Street Vendor Behaviour and Networks: Cases from Ghana 11. Embeddedness and Business Strategies among Santiago Chile’s Street and Flea Market Vendors 12. Spaces of Conflict and Camaraderie: The Contradictory Logics of a Postsocialist Flea Market 13. Adaptability and Survival: A Case Study of Street Vendor Responses to Famine Conditions in Ethiopia, 1999 14. The Dynamics of New Zealand’s Largest Street Market: The Otara Flea Market 15. Conclusion: Law, Deviance and Defining Vendors and Vending
John Cross is at the University of Texas Pan-American, USA
Alfonso Morales is at the University of Wisconsin, USA