Informeller Sektor oder Marktwirtschaft? Märkte und Händler in Bangkok

Korff, Rüdiger
August 1988
Zeitschrift für Soziologie;aug1988, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p296
Academic Journal
The rapid growth of cities in the Third World raises the question as to how the urban masses can be supplied with their needs. Since the state is unable to fill the gaps in supply, and private enterprises organise only those areas of supply that are profitable, there are certain niches utilisable by parts of the urban population for creating an income for themselves. This results in a market system that is highly differentiated and heterogeneous. Power and possibilities to act are developed as the leading variables for the examination of such a "market economy" (Braudel). A district of Bangkok is taken as an example to show how the large-scale enterprises dominate over the profitable segments of retail business, leaving the less profitable niches to the smallest dealers and pedlars. The article describes the economic interlinkings between the men and women selling their goods from baskets on the pavement and the shops, wholesalers and shopping centres right up to the big banking institutions.


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