• Owners of the Sidewalk: Security and Survival in the Informal City

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    Pages: 352
    Illustrations: 34 illustrations
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    Series: Global Insecurities
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  • Prologue  ix

    Acknowledgements  xiii

    1. The Fire  1

    2. Writing, Reality, Truth  10

    3. Don Rafo  15

    4. The Informal Economy  18

    5. Nacho  25

    6. The Bolivian Experiment  33

    7. Meet the Press 42

    8. The Colonial City: Cochabamba, 1574–1900  46

    9. Conflicts of Interest  54

    10. Decolonizing Ethnographic Research  58

    11. A Visit to the Cancha  64

    12. The Informal State  74

    13. The Modern City: Cochabamba, 1900–1953  80

    14. Market Space, Market Time  87

    15. Carnaval in the Cancha  95

    16. Security and Chaos  102

    17. The Informal City: Cochabamba, 1953–2014  108

    18. Convenios  117

    19. Political Geography  122

    20. Fieldwork in a Flash  131

    21. Women's Work  139

    22. Sovereignty and Security  148

    23. Resisting Privatization  154

    24. Don Silvio  161

    25. Character  167

    26. Exploitability  175

    27. Market Men  182

    28. Webs of Illegality  190

    29. Men in Black  194

    30. At Home in the Market  200

    31. Owners of the Sidewalk  207

    32. The Seminar  214

    33. March of the Ambulantes  222

    34. Complications  230

    35. The Archive and the System  235

    36. Goodbyes  240

    37. Insecurity and Informality  246

    Epilogue  252

    Notes  257

    References  293

    Index  313
  • "... a cogent and compelling critique of how the move toward neoliberal economic policies has affected the lives of formal (those with fixed stalls) and informal (street) vendors."

    "Weaving the background histories and theoretical discussions throughout the more narrative storytelling presentation, results in a thoughtful ethnography that contributes much to the field of anthropology as well as to the body of literature focused on markets in Latin America."
     

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  • "... a cogent and compelling critique of how the move toward neoliberal economic policies has affected the lives of formal (those with fixed stalls) and informal (street) vendors."

    "Weaving the background histories and theoretical discussions throughout the more narrative storytelling presentation, results in a thoughtful ethnography that contributes much to the field of anthropology as well as to the body of literature focused on markets in Latin America."
     

  • "Superbly researched and beautifully executed, Owners of the Sidewalk will be particularly effective at teaching students about methodology and fieldwork as well as collaborative ethnography and its challenges, all while providing a great example of a really well written ethnography. Daniel M. Goldstein's detailed descriptions bring La Cancha and its characters to life, and his successful weaving together of history, method, theory, and the insights of the people he worked with has created a unique and outstanding book that will be welcomed by specialists and generalists alike." — Lynn Stephen, author of We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements

    "With great empathy, a keen eye for detail, and a novelist’s sense of drama, Daniel M. Goldstein vividly transports us to the everyday lifeworld of street vendors in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Owners of the Sidewalk sensitively portrays the conflicts and contradictions surrounding the organization of ambulatory and fixed commerce, and does so with more insight than any other book I have encountered. Goldstein’s respect for and rapport with his subjects informs this compelling narrative, revealing how street sellers pursue livelihoods in difficult conditions marked by insecurity, social conflict, gendered and racial divides, as well as a history of state intervention in which regulatory rules are ambiguously enforced." — Diane E. Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard University

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    Many of Bolivia's poorest and most vulnerable citizens work as vendors in the Cancha mega-market in the city of Cochabamba, where they must navigate systems of informality and illegality in order to survive. In Owners of the Sidewalk Daniel M. Goldstein examines the ways these systems correlate in the marginal spaces of the Latin American city. Collaborating with the Cancha's legal and permanent stall vendors (fijos) and its illegal and itinerant street and sidewalk vendors (ambulantes), Goldstein shows how the state's deliberate neglect and criminalization of the Cancha's poor—a practice common to neoliberal modern cities—makes the poor exploitable, governable, and consigns them to an insecure existence. Goldstein's collaborative and engaged approach to ethnographic field research also opens up critical questions about what ethical scholarship entails.
     
     

    About The Author(s)

    Daniel M. Goldstein is Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, the author of Outlawed: Between Security and Rights in a Bolivian City and The Spectacular City: Violence and Performance in Urban Bolivia, and the coeditor of Violent Democracies in Latin America, all also published by Duke University Press.
     
     
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