The Informal Economy and Employment in Brazil Latin America, Modernization, and Social Changes

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The informal economy did not disappear, nor did it decrease. Despite early predictions of its eventual demise, it has not only grown worldwide, but also emerged in new forms and unexpected places. This book presents some in-depth cases regarding specific informal economic activities in Brazil. Using an ethnographic approach, the Author shows the social and economic processes that allow the informal economy to be reproduced, revealing the complex and heterogeneous relations between the formal and the informal parts of economy. Throughout detailed descriptions of informality in action, the book provides interesting starting-points to investigate the renewed dilemmas of the informal economy and its linkages with globalization processes.

Author Biography

Diego Coletto is Research Assistant at the University of Milan in the Department of Labor and Welfare Studies. In recent years he contributed to research projects regarding changes in employment relationships in the private and in the public sectors, with particular attention to the forms of flexible work. Since 2003, he collaborated with the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO), and with the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM). EIRO and ERM are projects of the European Foundation for the Improvement of the Working and Living Conditions (Eurofound). For the two observatories he wrote several articles, which have been published on the Eurofound website.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Photosp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Premisesp. xiii
The Informal Economy Dilemmas: Old and New Viewsp. 1
Catadores and Catadoras (The Garbage Collectors)p. 43
Ambulantes and Camel˘s (The Street Vendors)p. 97
Sacoleiras and Sacoleiros (Door-to-Door Saleswomen and Commercial Agents)p. 151
Informality, Regulation, and Developmentp. 191
Appendixp. 211
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 261
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