Street Vendors as Global Entrepreneurs
2009 (English)In: Body Soul Society/Nordmedia 09, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper presents a study of street vendors as entrepreneurs and the positions they occupy in the mix of urban public life. While current research on vendors focuses on specific groups of “global peddlers”– particularly migrants - in specific cities, we trace the diversity of this global phenomenon across geographic locations, ranging from those who manage year-round stalls in fixed places near where they live, to those who carry their goods on their backs in cities far from home. For some it is seasonal work, following fairs and festivals, for others it is a steady job, and for many it is a way to scrape by as they try to get a footing somewhere.
Here we examine the ways vendors establish connections to other cultures and places, through the wares they sell and how they present themselves and their products in public space. We find many who use media and particularly Internet to develop and market their wares, and also to maintain organizational networks and support among vendors. Vending emerges as a cosmopolitan practice, involving commodification of culture and cultural products, that creates links between diverse localities and histories, performed in cities across the globe.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
street vendors, urban space, globalization, media
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40291OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-40291DiVA: diva2:323282
conference proceedings forthcoming2010-06-102010-06-102011-04-27Bibliographically approved