Vendors, Public Space, and Activism in Mexico and California

With book authors Ingrid Bleynat, Christina Jiménez, Sandra Mendiola García, and Rocío Rosales

Vendors, Public Space, and Activism in Mexico and California

The Center of Mexican American Studies at UTA Presents

Thursday, October 6, 2022
10:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Zoom Webinar
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Street vendors, many of whom are women working in the informal economy, have a long history in cities in Mexico and cities in California with a large Latino/a population. The participants of this roundtable will discuss their books, focusing on the contribution of street vendors to the public good, the development of consumer cultures, and their role as political actors when mobilizing to defend the right to the city and public space. The roundtable will include a brief presentation of the four books, an interactive dialogue among the authors, and a Q&A with the audience.

About the Authors:

Ingrid Bleynat is a Senior Lecturer in International Development at King's College London, and the author of Vendors' Capitalism: A Political Economy of Public Markets in Mexico City (Stanford University Press 2021). Christina Jiménez is a Professor of history and department Chair at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and author of Making an Urban Public (University of Pittsburgh Press 2019). Sandra Mendiola García is an Associate Professor of history at the University of North Texas, and author of Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico (University of Nebraska Press 2017). Rocío Rosales is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Fruteros: Street Vending, Illegality, and Ethnic Community in Los Angeles (University of California Press 2020).

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Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Center for Mexican Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies at UTA, the Journal of Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos