publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

Working the Boardwalk: The Social Life of a Public Marketplace

Orrico, Laura Ann;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
In this article-based dissertation I present four distinct – but interrelated – articles to expose the social life of a public marketplace. Drawing on over four years of ethnographic data, I present the experience of a group of marginalized entrepreneurs who independently generate income along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Using an interactionist approach, I reveal the ground level processes through which people turn an otherwise everyday pathway into a place from which to make a living. In the first substantive chapter, I expose the participatory nature of public space regulation, shifting the way we link regulation to democratic participation and how we think ab...
free text keywords: Sociology, Social psychology, Social research, Ethnography, Informal Work, Interaction, Public Space, Urban Sociology
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