Seeing and Governing Street Hawkers Like a Fragmented Metropolitan State
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This chapter examines the governance of street hawking, and demonstrates that the state is fragmented and power is disbursed among a range of officials and interest groups. This explains how it can simultaneously be the primary threat to street hawkers and a potential benefactor. I show that the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill represents a new way of “seeing” and acting upon hawkers, and could encourage hawkers to make lawful claims to urban space.
KeywordsStreet hawkers Discipline Governance Informal sector Livelihoods
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