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Streetwise sales and the social order of city streets

Llewellyn, Nick and Burrow, Robin 2008. Streetwise sales and the social order of city streets. British Journal of Sociology 59 (3) , pp. 561-583. 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2008.00208.x

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This paper analyses how a Big Issue vendor approached passers-by and how they responded, how recognizable courses of social and economic activity were interactionally produced from initiation through to some conclusion. The paper recovers how the vendor's work was contextually embedded in the urban landscape, how it was constrained by, and actively shaped, the social order of the street. Drawing on video-audio recordings the paper contributes to a growing body of ethnographic and ethnomethodological research which has emphasized the embodied, contingent and interactional character of economic activity. By examining such materials, the paper is well positioned to describe how the vendor found his market on the street, social interventions that propelled passers-by into buying behaviour. The paper sheds light on now familiar encounters which occur millions of times each week in the UK and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Uncontrolled Keywords: The Big Issue; Markets; Street selling; Ethnomethodology; Video studies
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0007-1315
Date of Acceptance: 1 June 2008
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:44

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