Street Vendor Livelihoods and Everyday Politics in Hanoi, Vietnam

  title={Street Vendor Livelihoods and Everyday Politics in Hanoi, Vietnam},
  author={Sarah Turner and Laura Schoenberger},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={1027 - 1044}
The alternative ‘diverse economies’ vision of J. K. Gibson-Graham and supporters regarding how people make a living outside the capitalist framework, lists street vendors and informal economies of the global South as potential components. This article critiques the relevance of this vision for street vendor livelihoods in a politically socialist locale, albeit one embracing neo-liberal modernity. In their drive to create a modern, ‘civilised’ capital, Vietnam’s central government and Hanoi’s… 

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