Surviving the Sidewalk: Latino Street Vendors in Los Angeles

Colloquium | October 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Shorb House, Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Rocío Rosales, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Department of Sociology, Latinx Research Center

This talk is based on my forthcoming book Fruteros: Street Vending, Illegality, and Ethnic Community in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2020). The book focuses on a group of Latino immigrant street vendors, known as fruteros, who sell made-to-order fruit salads out of large pushcarts in Los Angeles. For six years, I worked alongside and interviewed fruteros and traveled with them between work and home spheres. In this talk, I examine fruteros’ social and economic lives, as well as their day-to-day struggles, as they labor under the most restrictive anti-vending ordinances in the country while also being undocumented. In this talk, I will also address several methodological issues I encountered throughout my time in the field.