This book addresses the multifaceted issue of the state vis-a-vis those perceived as actors in the informal or simple commodity production economy. It discusses both state and traders' strategies to display recurrent themes, emphasized and combined differently in specific contexts.
Introduction 1. "From the Field to the Cooking Pot": Economic Crisis and the Threat to Marketers in Peru 2. "Hard Work" and Informal Sector Trade in Tanzania 3. Price Control of Local Foodstuffs in Kumasi, Ghana, 1979 4. Why the Women Went to War: Women and Wealth in Ondo Town, Southwestern Nigeria 5. How to Survive in Illegal Street Hawking in Hong Kong 6. Resistance to Relocation by Shopkeepers in a Hong Kong Squatter Area 7. Trader vs. Developer: The Market Relocation Issue in an Indian City 8. The Sexual Political Economy of Street Vending in Washington, D.C. 9. Overview: The Informal Economy and the State