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Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age$
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Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Anna Romina Guevarra, and Maura Toro-Morn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037573

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037573.001.0001

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Street Vendors Claiming Respect and Dignity in the Neoliberal City

Street Vendors Claiming Respect and Dignity in the Neoliberal City

(p.19) 1 Street Vendors Claiming Respect and Dignity in the Neoliberal City
Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age

M. Victoria Quiroz-Becerra

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines grassroots organizing around street vending in New York City since 2003, with particular emphasis on the debates surrounding vending in the city and the ways in which the issue has been framed by both activists and government officials. It begins with a discussion of the claims of street vendors within the context of neoliberal forms of urban governance and their contestation, asking how they work within and contest neoliberal forms of governance. It then considers two main issues faced by street vendors in New York City, one related to enforcement of street-vending rules and regulations, the other related to licensing and permits. It takes a look at one organization, Esperanza del Barrio, to find out how it uses ideas of respect, dignity, and rights to frame its advocacy of street vendors. The chapter shows that grassroots activists and their supporters have framed the demands of street vendors by appealing to ideas of free enterprise and individualism.

Keywords:   grassroots organizing, street vending, New York City, street vendors, urban governance, licensing, permits, Esperanza del Barrio, free enterprise, individualism.

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