chapter  7
15 Pages

Global Capitalism and the Informal Economy: A Methodological Approach to the Complex Incorporation of Mexican Cities into the Globalized Markets

BySANDRA ALARCÓN

The view I present in this essay is based on a research of the informal sector in Mexico. One aspect of those informal economic activities is street vending, which is accepted and tolerated by the Mexican state. Street vending involves merchandises and producers from abroad and Asia in particular. Eventually the cheap merchandise of, for instance, Chinese and Korean manufacturers who have expanded their activities and distribute their products all over the world ends up in Mexican streets allowing consumers to satisfy their needs for very little money. I focus my investigation on street vendors in order to reconstruct the long and complex chain of producers, distributors, and consumers involved in global capitalism.