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Urban markets and diversity: Toward a research agenda


Vertovec,  Steven       
Socio-Cultural Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Vertovec, S., Hiebert, D., & Rath, J. (2014). Urban markets and diversity: Toward a research agenda. MMG Working Paper, (14-06).

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0024-1FB4-2
In this paper we advocate the study of local street markets to explore fundamental issues about the relationship between economy and society. This relationship evolves over time and we believe that it has been recast in an age of increasing cultural diversity and neoliberal state regulatory structures. In street markets we can see how diversity and the nature of economic transactions become mutually constitutive. We argue that cultural diversity propels local markets, while everyday interactions in markets influence intercultural relationships. These complex processes are affected by the spatiality of markets and the regulatory environments within which they operate. We conclude by framing a research program on street markets and discuss a number of methodological complications that would need to be addressed in this endeavour.