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The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

Robert Lemon


When primarily immigrant, day-laboring clientele eat a meal at a traditional taco truck, the taco truck becomes a significant social space in which Mexican cultural identity is reaffirmed. But the traditional taco truck is also a politically charged symbolic space that can spark heated debates about Latino culture and the uses of street spaces in cities. This book uses the taco truck as a vehicle to tell a story about the Mexican American experience and identity and deconstructs the myriad meanings taco trucks represent to diverse community groups and how such meanings influence urban politics ... More

Keywords: taco trucks, Mexican migrant labor, social space, cultural identity, Latino culture, street spaces, urban politics, built environment, American landscape, immigration, gentrification, food-ways, public space, political economy, food practices, urban space, neoliberal cities, right to the city

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042454
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Lemon, author