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Author Trupp, Alexander, author
Title Migration, micro-business and tourism in Thailand : highlanders in the city / Alexander Trupp
Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 2017
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 RCHSS Library  HB2104.55.A3 T78 2017    AVAILABLE    30560400634173
Descript viii, 155 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Series Routledge studies in Asian diasporas, migrations and mobilities ; 1
Routledge studies in Asian diasporas, migrations and mobilities ; 1
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
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
"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
Subject Rural-urban migration -- Thailand
Akha (Southeast Asian people) -- Thailand -- Migrations
Women migrant labor -- Thailand
Street vendors -- Thailand
Culture and tourism -- Thailand
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