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Street Economies in the Urban Global South

Edited by Karen Tranberg Hansen, Walter E. Little, and B. Lynne Milgram

Street Economies in the Urban Global South2014. 272 pp., figures, notes, references, index, 6 x 92014. 272 pp., figures, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

This book focuses on the economic, political, social, and cultural dynamics of street economies across the urban Global South. Although contestations over public space have a long history, Street Economies in the Urban Global South presents the argument that the recent conjuncture of neoliberal economic policies and unprecedented urban growth in the Global South has changed the equation. The detailed ethnographic accounts from postsocialist Vietnam to a struggling democracy in the Philippines, from the former command economies in Africa to previously authoritarian regimes in Latin America, focus on the experiences of often marginalized street workers who describe their projects and plans. The contributors to Street Economies in the Urban Global South highlight individual and collective resistance by street vendors to overcome numerous processes that exacerbate the marginality and disempowerment of street economy work.

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  • 2014 Winner of the Society for the Anthropology of Work book prize

Contributors: Florence E. Babb, Ray Bromley, Gracia C. Clark, Karen Tranberg Hansen, Maria Hedman, Ilda Lindell, Walter E. Little, B. Lynne Milgram, Wilma S. Nchito, Suzanne Scheld, Linda J. Seligmann, Lydia Siu, Sarah Turner, Kyle-Nathan Verboomen

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  • “In recent years ‘the street’ is everywhere in uprisings and economies, yet mostly neglected as a general topic for scholars. This exciting collection of studies is an important corrective, with insightful and well researched analyses of the places where the vast informal sector operates and makes urban landscapes vital and diverse. These rich and informative contributions revitalize the anthropological tradition of research on market vendors in the Global South.”
    Alan Smart, University of Calgary

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