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Khmer Women on the MoveExploring Work and Life in Urban Cambodia$
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Annuska Derks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831288

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831288.001.0001

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Street Trade

Street Trade

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Khmer Women on the Move

Annuska Derks

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter talks about how women dominate as vendors in the streets, markets, and shops. This is especially important for female migrants from the countryside, for whom trade is often the most accessible niche in which they can generate an income. Trading involves women of various ages, at different stages of life, and from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. While often portrayed as independent entrepreneurs, street traders are often dependent on others for the use and ownership of products and profits, as well as for gaining access to urban space. Street traders nevertheless demonstrate and appreciate their flexibility in the organization of work through their dealings with seasonal variations, household affairs, village concerns, and also economic and political changes.

Keywords:   street trade, female migrants, street traders, urban space, seasonal variations, household affairs, village concerns

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