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Black Market CapitalUrban Politics and the Shadow Economy in Mexico City$
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Andrew Konove

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293670

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293670.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Black Market Capital

Andrew Konove

University of California Press

The introduction outlines the argument and principal contributions of the book. It argues that the Baratillo and the larger shadow economy in Mexico City have been essential to the economic and political life of the city since the late colonial period. The introduction explains how the study contributes to existing scholarship on the informal economy, the state, urban politics, and urban public space in Mexico and Latin America. It includes a discussion of the study’s sources and methods and brief chapter descriptions.

Keywords:   Shadow economy, Informal economy, Mexico, Mexico City, Latin America, the state, urban politics, public space, Baratillo, colonial period

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