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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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From Street Child Care to Drive-Throughs

From Street Child Care to Drive-Throughs

Latinas Reconfigure and Negotiate Street Vending Spaces in Los Angeles

(p.133) 7 From Street Child Care to Drive-Throughs
Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age

Lorena Muñoz

University of Illinois Press

This chapter investigates street vending in Garment Town, a Latino immigrant–receiving neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. More specifically, it examines how street-vending spaces are organized, supported, and created through the daily practices of Mexican and Central American immigrant women vendors. The chapter first provides an overview of the economic context of immigrant vending practices in Los Angeles before discussing how the informal economy is organized at the street level in developed economies and how street-vending landscapes as not only racialized but also gendered. It shows that Latina immigrants as vendors exercise choice and agency among patriarchal structures that reify gendered roles/responsibilities in the streets. Latina street vendors perform, transform, and reorganize public space in ways that facilitate their business strategies and assist them in negotiating the demands of everyday life. Such actions include transforming street corners into drive-throughs, adapting car trunks to serve as markets, and providing child care on the streets.

Keywords:   street vending, Garment Town, Los Angeles, informal economy, Latina immigrants, agency, gendered roles, street vendors, drive-throughs, child care

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