The informal sector denotes the small-scale, unprotected, and loosely regulated activities and self-employment that proliferate in developing countries. This book is about the people who engage in informal activities and the people who study, interpret, intervene in, promote, or attempt to repress or regulate the sector. The authors bring together and evaluate for the first time competing theories, policies, and research findings on the informal sector, dealing with issues of power, ideology, and politics; basic research, applied research, program evaluation, and policymaking; exploitation, entrepreneurship, and opportunity; and poverty and the accumulation of wealth.
Cathy A. Rakowski teaches in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and the Center for Women's Studies at The Ohio State University.
"Contrapunto is a state-of-the-art treatment of informal activity in Latin America and, therefore, is a critical contribution to the literature. The authors are clearly among the most informed and insightful researchers and practitioners involved with informal activity in Latin America. " — Thomas Klak, Miami University
"This is an important and necessary contribution to the field. It will surely become a valuable text in some courses and a required or reference work for many more. " — Irene Tinker, University of California, Berkeley
"This book provides access to the subject matter that no other book available does, and it should be of great interest to many academics and practitioners. "— Henry Dietz, University of Texas, Austin