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Author Trupp, Alexander, author.

Title Migration, micro-business and tourism in Thailand : highlanders in the city / Alexander Trupp
Published New York : Routledge, 2017
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge studies in Asian diasporas, migrations and mobilities ; 1
Routledge studies in Asian diasporas, migrations, and mobilities ; 1
Contents Ethnic minorities and street vendors in Thailand's tourist areas -- Conceptual foundations and methodology -- Thailand and the ethnic minority context -- Ethnic tourism and the evolvement of micro-businesses in urban contexts -- Opportunities and constraints -- Differences within : migration, vending, and gender -- Social dimensions of economic action -- Strategies and dilemmas in the field of urban souvenir businesses
Summary "Visitors to Thailand's urban and beach-sided tourist hotspots notice the presence of colourful and predominantly female vendors offering self-made and mass-manufactured products. A high percentage of these vendors are members of the highland ethnic minority group of Akha who have become micro-entrepreneurs or self-employed street vendors. The work and everyday life experiences of these ethnic minority migrants are situated at the intersections of tourism, migration, and the informal sector. This book investigates the social, economic, and political embeddedness of street vendors in urban tourist contexts in Thailand. Based on extensive field research, it presents a detailed analysis of urban-directed mobility patterns and revealing strategies and dilemmas in the urban souvenir business. Focusing on the development of urban ethnic minority souvenir stalls run mostly by people belonging to the group of 'hilltribes', the author explains the spatial expansion of ethnic businesses and assesses the economic and political obstacles micro-entrepreneurs are confronted with. The book offers an understanding of the everyday practices and social relations of and between unequally powerful actors related to ethnic minority tourism in urban contexts, and systematically integrates individual and collective action into socio-economic and politico-institutional contexts"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Akha (Southeast Asian people) -- Thailand -- Migrations
Culture and tourism -- Thailand
Rural-urban migration -- Thailand
Street vendors -- Thailand
Women migrant labor -- Thailand
Culture and tourism.
Rural-urban migration.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Emigration & Immigration.
Street vendors.
Women migrant labor.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 131536364X