Kids at Work: Latinx Families Selling Food on the Streets of Los Angeles (Latina/O Sociology #7) (Hardcover)

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Winner, 2020 Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award, given by the Children and Youth Section of the American Sociological Association

Winner, 2020 Early-Career Book Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

How Latinx kids and their undocumented parents struggle in the informal street food economy

Street food markets have become wildly popular in Los Angeles--and behind the scenes, Latinx children have been instrumental in making these small informal businesses grow. In Kids at Work, Emir Estrada shines a light on the surprising labor of these young workers, providing the first ethnography on the participation of Latinx children in street vending.

Drawing on dozens of interviews with children and their undocumented parents, as well as three years spent on the streets shadowing families at work, Estrada brings attention to the unique set of hardships Latinx youth experience in this occupation. She also highlights how these hardships can serve to cement family bonds, develop empathy towards parents, encourage hard work, and support children--and their parents--in their efforts to make a living together in the United States. Kids at Work provides a compassionate, up-close portrait of Latinx children, detailing the complexities and nuances of family relations when children help generate income for the household as they peddle the streets of LA alongside their immigrant parents.

About the Author

Emir Estrada is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781479811519
ISBN-10: 1479811513
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: July 16th, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Latina/O Sociology