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The Taco TruckHow Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City$
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Robert Lemon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042454

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.001.0001

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Formalizing San Francisco’s Informal Street Food Vendors

Formalizing San Francisco’s Informal Street Food Vendors

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(p.38) Chapter 2 Formalizing San Francisco’s Informal Street Food Vendors
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The Taco Truck
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Robert Lemon

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.003.0003

In San Francisco, young economic developers help immigrant women turn their small, informal businesses into thriving corporations, while others try to take advantage of the boom in boutique food trucks. These entrepreneurs discuss how they package and market street foods for middle-class consumption. The chapter introduces basic urban geographic concepts, such as cultural capital, cosmopolitanism, symbolic capital, social distinction, and the geographic imagination. It argues that elevating immigrant foods for middle-class consumption creates complex issues that pertain to cultural appropriation, which can cause ethnic exclusion and spur gentrification.

Keywords:   San Francisco, informal, food trucks, street foods, cultural capital, cosmopolitanism, symbolic capital, social distinction, geographic imagination, cultural appropriation, ethnic exclusion, gentrification

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