The Informal Economy

Seasonal Work, Street Selling and Sex Work

  • Dominique Boels

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 259-267

About this book


This book examines the nature and regulation of the informal economy by means of a collective case study in a highly regulated Western country. The book, situated at the intersection of criminology and sociology, investigates the relation between formal, informal and criminal work in three urban and rural labour markets (seasonal work, street trade and sex work) alongside the impact of state policies on informality. Boels uncovers the differential position authorities take regarding these labour markets, notwithstanding the presence of informality and often vulnerable position of workers in each one of them. With a distinctive focus on informal workers, and through in-depth interviews, this study explores the life and work of informal workers, including their experiences with regulators, their motivations for working informally and their perceptions of state policy. In short, this book gives a voice to often ignored but crucial participants of the informal economy. The detailed discussion of the results and the links to theoretical frameworks will ensure this book is of particular interest to scholars of urban economics and governance, criminology, and sociology.


Criminology Nighttime economy Prostitution Informality Sociology Crime and Society

Authors and affiliations

  • Dominique Boels
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawGhent UniversityGentBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43122-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43123-9
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