Intersectional dignities

Latino immigrant street vendor youth in Los Angeles

Emir Estrada, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

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Abstract

In Los Angeles many Latino immigrants earn income through street vending, as do some of their teenagers and younger children. Members of their community and external authorities view these economic activities as deviant, low status, and illegal, and young people who engage in them are sometimes chased by the police and teased by their peers. Why do they consent to do this work, and how do they respond to the threats and taunts? Based on participant observation and in-depth interviews with street vending children and teens, the authors argue that an intersectionalities perspective can help explain both why the youth engage in this work and how they construct narratives of intersectional dignities to counter experiences of shame, stigma, and humiliation with street vending. Intersectional dignities refers to moral constructions based on inversions of widely held negative stereotypes of racial ethnic minorities, the poor, immigrants, and in this case, children and girls who earn money in the streets. By analyzing how they counter stigma, one learns something about the structure of the broader society and the processes through which disparaged street vendor youth build affirming identities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-131
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Contemporary Ethnography
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • children and work
  • informal economy
  • intersectionalities
  • Latino immigrant youth
  • low-wage labor
  • street vending

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  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies
  • Anthropology

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Intersectional dignities : Latino immigrant street vendor youth in Los Angeles. / Estrada, Emir; Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette.

In: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 40, No. 1, 02.2011, p. 102-131.

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