"It's people you know": the role social networks play in micro-informal markets

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dc.contributor.author Massen, Alisha J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-24T16:42:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-24T16:42:44Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14075
dc.description.abstract Informal markets are prevalent all over the globe. The work done in such markets is often for the purposes of supplementary or subsistence income and it is done by men, women, and children. The purpose of my research was to understand how micro-informal markets are created by informal workers in Manhattan, Kansas. This was done through examining how informal workers used their social networks to find customers and how customers used their social networks to find informal goods and services produced by such workers, or more specifically, how micro-informal markets were created. This builds on the economic theory of embeddedness, which states social relations are an important part of the exchange process even in today's capitalistic market economy. In addition, my research also looked at why customers consumed from informal workers, why informal workers decided to go into business for themselves, how the city of Manhattan, Kansas viewed informal workers and whether city officials and affiliates encouraged informal businesses or not. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Informal markets en_US
dc.subject Embeddedness en_US
dc.subject Market creation en_US
dc.subject Informal economy en_US
dc.title "It's people you know": the role social networks play in micro-informal markets en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Robert K. Schaeffer en_US
dc.subject.umi Economics (0501) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology (0626) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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