Through an international range of research, this volume examines how informal urban street markets facilitate the informal and formal economy not merely in terms of the traditional concerns of labor and consumption, but also in regards to cultural and spatial contingencies. In many places, street markets and their populace have been marginalized and devalued. At times, there are clear governance procedures that aim to prevent them, yet they continue to emerge in even in the most institutionalized societies. This book gives serious consideration to what these markets reveal about urban life in a time of globalized, rapid urbanization and flows of people, knowledge and goods.

chapter 1|14 pages

Informal Urban Street Markets

International Perspectives

part I|66 pages

Identity, Belonging, and Sociality

chapter 2|11 pages

“People Have to Find Their Own Way of Making a Living”

The Sale of Food in an Informal Ha Noi Street Market

chapter 4|14 pages

Migrants in Informal Urban Street Markets

Experience from Sokoto

chapter 5|11 pages

Sounds of the Markets

Portuguese Cigano 1 Vendors in Open-Air Markets in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area

chapter 7|8 pages

The Hidden Market

London's Alternative Borough Market

part II|65 pages

Networks, Assemblages, and Territoriality

chapter 8|12 pages

On the Beach

Informal Street Vendors and Place in Copacabana and Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

chapter 9|10 pages

Pengpu Night Market

Informal Urban Street Markets as More-Than-Human Assemblages in Shanghai

chapter 11|9 pages

Street Vendors in Cairo

A Revolution Orientated Strategy

chapter 13|10 pages

Territoriality in Urban Space

The Case of a Periodic Marketplace in Bangalore