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Cosmopolitisme et altérité : les nouveaux migrants dans l'économie informelle

Abstract : This article interrogates the notion of «cosmopolitanism» using field research that the authors conducted in a bordertown market space: the market of Vi ntimille. The city of Vintimille is famous
for its regional market where every Friday one can observe the convergence of hundreds of immigrant merchants from a great diversity of countries and regions (Senegal, China, Equador, India, Pakistan,
North Africa, Eastern Europe, etc.). Some of these, like the Senegalese, are specialized in the illegal peddling of counterfeit brand names. More generally, in one way or another, all of the market exchanges in Vintimille concern individuals, groups and organizations that function or seek to function transnationally. Thus, the presence of these merchants sets in motion a complex hierarchy of belonging and affiliation, bringing together social groups that have historically been separated. According to the authors, two approaches are possible in the study of these transnational «nomadic migrants». On the one hand, one can examine how this market organization contributes to the production and expression of a form of «cosmopolitan identity»; on the other hand, one can focus on the particular ways in which these migrants describe their social world and organize their activities within it on the basis of perceived cultural difference.
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Christian Rinaudo, Marie-Antoinette Hily. Cosmopolitisme et altérité : les nouveaux migrants dans l'économie informelle. Tsantsa. Revue de la Société Suisse d'Ethnologie / Zeitschrift der Schweizerischen Ethnologischen Gesellschaft / Journal of the Swiss Ethnological Society, Académie suisse des sciences humaines et sociales, Société Suisse d'Ethnologie, 2003, pp.48-57. ⟨halshs-00080646⟩



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