China-Paraguai-Brasil uma rota para pensar a economia informal

Translated title of the contribution: China-Paraguay-Brazil: A route to discuss the informal economy

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado

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In this article, I discuss the notions of informality and illicitness based on an ethnographic study about commercialization of goods made in China, i.e. gadgets and fake goods. I have followed the whole commodity chain: factories in China, importation in Paraguay, and Brazilian street markets. Thus, I seek to show how the commodity statute and the work relations of this system metamorphose themselves between the formal and informal, licit and illicit. I also discuss other questions, such as entrepreneur ethos, outsourcing, relation between the informal sector and State, etc. I outline a comparative approach among the different countries studied: China, Paraguay, and Brazil.

Translated title of the contributionChina-Paraguay-Brazil: A route to discuss the informal economy
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)117-133
Number of pages17
JournalRevista Brasileira de Ciencias Sociais
Issue number67
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • China
  • Informality
  • Piracy
  • Street vendors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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