Repas ambulants Informalité urbaine et modernité industrielle à la frontière nord du Mexique

Translated title of the contribution: Street food: Urban informality and industrial modernity along Mexico's northern border

Maria Hilda Garcia Perez, Francisco Lara

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Abstract

The relation between urban informality and industrial modernity is analyzed by examining very small businesses specialized in selling prepared food to workers in the transnational manufacturing plants ( maquiladoras ) along Mexico's northern border. In the urban setting along this border, the model of an export-driven industrialization is compatible with premodern aspects of the subsistence economy. In fact, it depends on subsistence activities for its very existence. As a consequence, informal services have emerged that help stabilize the work force needed by these plants. A survey of the owners of these microbusinesses has provided data for analyzing the organization and operation of this commerce and its relation with the family as a social unit. - Special issue: Latin America.

Translated title of the contributionStreet food: Urban informality and industrial modernity along Mexico's northern border
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)42-53
Number of pages12
JournalSociologie du Travail
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

Keywords

  • Informal economy
  • Informal sector
  • Maquiladoras
  • Mexico
  • Small businesses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Sociology and Political Science

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