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Title: Street markets of Mexico City : strategies for being and encountering with others
Author: Garnica Quinones, Frances Paola
ISNI:       0000 0004 6056 7105
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2017
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Grounded in fieldwork within a civil association of street vendors in Mexico City, my research interweaves ethnographic and historical approaches to better understand the ways people read and interpret each other in everyday encounters. The study explores representations of street markets in Mexico City’s dominant discourses. Using field methods such as participant observation, filmmaking and street photography, I outline the benefits and difficulties implicated in the assemblage of a periodic market in public spaces. I also trace the trajectories of street market participants in order to understand the role and significance of street markets in their everyday lives and existence in the city. I use the notion of ‘trajectories’ proposed by Massey to define street markets as places of encounters. Following daylight and the daily rhythm of the market, I relate social interactions with the nuances of living in the city. By exploring methods of verbal and non-verbal communication in social interactions in the street market such as dar vista and tantear, I examine the kind of socialities that emerge from these encounters. These practices of communication also allow people to formulate social critiques about the ways of living and socialising in a megacity. Finally, the website that accompanies the thesis,, is grounded in the idea of trajectories. It aims to explore non-linear modes of ethnographic representation that can enhance and interrelate different ways of approaching and interpreting ethnographic data through a variety of means, such as audiovisual media, mapping and hypermedia. I recommend that one reads the thesis along with the hyperlinks given in particular sections, as a means to encourage the reader to make her own way to explore the website and remaining chapters. The website is also available in the complementary DVD entitled ‘’. To access the home page, please open the DVD and click on the file: tianguis/index.html. Clicking on this file will open the web browser and allow for navigating the website offline.
Supervisor: De Souza torresan, Angela ; Irving, Andrew Sponsor: Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Street markets ; Mexico City ; Urban Anthropology ; Visual Anthropology ; Non-verbal communication ; Trajectories ; Digital Ethnography