Fruteros: Street Vending, Illegality, and Ethnic Community in Los Angeles (Paperback)

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This book examines the social worlds of young Latino street vendors as they navigate the complexities of local and federal laws prohibiting both their presence and their work on street corners. Known as fruteros, they sell fruit salads out of pushcarts throughout Los Angeles and are part of the urban landscape.

Drawing on six years of fieldwork, Rocío Rosales offers a compelling portrait of their day-to-day struggles. In the process, she examines how their paisano (hometown compatriot) social networks both help and exploit them. Much of the work on newly arrived Latino immigrants focuses on the ways in which their social networks allow them to survive. Rosales argues that this understanding of ethnic community simplifies the complicated ways in which social networks and social capital work. Fruteros sheds light on those complexities and offers the concept of the “ethnic cage” to explain both the promise and pain of community.

About the Author

Rocío Rosales is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. 

    Praise For…

    "Intimately and beautifully captures the lives of street vendors in Los Angeles."
    — Ethnic and Racial Studies

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780520319851
    ISBN-10: 0520319850
    Publisher: University of California Press
    Publication Date: May 19th, 2020
    Pages: 208
    Language: English

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