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Peruvian Street Lives: Culture, Power, and Economy Among Market Women of Cuzco (Interpretations of Culture in the New Millennium)

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For more than twenty years Linda J. Seligmann has walked the streets of Peru in city and countryside alike, talking to the women who work in the informal and open-air markets of the Andean highlands of Cuzco. In this readable ethnography, composed of vignettes and accompanied by a superb series of photographs, Seligmann offers a humane yet incisive portrayal of their lives. Peruvian Street Lives argues that the sometimes invisible and informal economic, social, and political networks market women establish, although they may appear disorderly and chaotic, in fact often keep dysfunctional economies and corrupt bureaucracies from utterly destroying the ability of citizens to survive from day to day. Seligmann asks why the constructive efforts of market women to make a living provoke such negative social perceptions from some members of Peruvian society, who see them as symbols and actual catalysts of social disorder, domestically and publicly. The book traces the impact on market women and market activities of distant yet enormously powerful forces, such as economic globalization. At the same time it shows how market women eke out a living, combat discrimination, and creatively transgress existing racial and gender ideologies, within the rich and expressive cultural traditions they have developed.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252071676
Editor:
Whitten, Norman E.
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Author:
Seligmann, Linda J.
Location:
Urbana
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Markets
Subject:
Peddlers and peddling
Subject:
Poor women
Subject:
Women merchants
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- Peru -- Cuzco -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Women - Peru - Cuzco - Economic conditions
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Interp Culture New Millennium
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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