Understanding a specific walkable space via the phenomenon of Chinese street vending: An actor-network theory analysis

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Abstract

In contemporary Chinese cities, the pervasive phenomenon of street vending often emerges in a predictable space where numerous people frequently walk or stay. Using actor-network theory as a conceptual tool, this study initially elaborates a set of physical and social processes of configuration regarding Chinese street vending in walkable spaces. The network analysis involves heterogeneous actors and multiple associations regarding two groups of people, livelihoods and demands, mobile amenities, dietary habits, urban micro-economy, and collective participation. The results illustrate additional knowledge to why walkability, and how a specific walkable space is configured in the Chinese context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-200
Number of pages11
JournalAsian Journal of Behavioural Studies
Volume3
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • street vendors
  • walkable spaces
  • actor-network theory
  • specificity

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