IN/FORMAL Marketplaces: Experiments With Urban Reconfiguration

Mörtenböck, Peter and Mooshammer, Helge, eds. 2023. IN/FORMAL Marketplaces: Experiments With Urban Reconfiguration. Rotterdam: nai010 publishers. ISBN 9789462088092 [Edited Book]

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Abstract or Description

From nomadic labour to online services and from street food kitchens to pop-up shops, informality is on the rise as never before. Its transformative power can be seen in the new ways we produce, consume and live, with commerce playing a crucial role in these changes. The resulting tension between the formal and the informal is nowhere more evident than in the struggles over contested marketplaces.

This book provides a deeper understanding of the formal-informal linkages that have given shape to some of the world’s largest and most unique open-air marketplaces. Its rich and engaging visual analyses of markets in cities such as Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Dubai and New York reveal the hidden connections between informal trade, neoliberal governance and urban development.

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Edited Book

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Includes case studies of twelve in/formal marketplaces from around the world:
Cherkizovsky Market, Moscow by Anton Nikolotov
Saphan Lek Market, Bangkok by Trude Laura Renwick
La Salada Fair, Buenos Aires by m7red
Dajabón Binational Market by Melisa Vargas
Roque Santeiro, Luanda by Allan Cain
Gujari Bazaar, Ahmedabad by Vyjayanthi V. Rao and Simpreet Singh
Karama Market, Dubai by Samar Halloum
Tin Shui Wai Dawn Market, Hong Kong by Paul Chu
Encants Vells, Barcelona by Carmen Lael Hines
Arizona Market, Brcko by Lovro Koncar-Gamulin
Brooklyn Flea, New York by Carmen Lael Hines
Talad Rot Fai, Bangkok by Trude Laura Renwick


informal economy, urban transformation, formal-informal linkages, globalisation

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Visual Cultures


October 2023

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18 Jan 2024 09:34

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