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Black Market Capital: Urban Politics and the Shadow Economy in Mexico City

Andrew Konove


For more than three hundred years, Mexico City’s Baratillo marketplace was synonymous with crime, vice, and the most disreputable elements of urban society. Despite countless attempts to disband it, the Baratillo persevered, outlasting Spanish colonial rule and dozens of republican governments. In the twentieth century, transformed the neighborhood of Tepito it into a global hub of black-market commerce. Black Market Capital argues that the Baratillo and the broader shadow economy—which combined illicit, informal, and second-hand exchanges—have been central to the economy and the politics of M ... More

Keywords: Shadow economy, Black market, Informal economy, Mexico City, Mexico, Tepito, Urban politics, Public space, Baratillo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293670
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Konove, author
University of Texas at San Antonio