|Author(s)||Andrew P. Carlin|
|Title||Visibility and street ethnography: A lesson in pavement culture|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Coaching process, homeless, Manchester, Public Space|
|Journal||Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa|
This paper reports on observations in a public space, a pedestrian entrance/exit to the concourse of a large transit hub in Manchester, UK. Selling The Big Issue magazine involves more than a friendly personality. Successful selling requires an awareness of, and ongoing attention to, the unwritten «rules» of public space. Invited to take a turn at selling The Big Issue, and coached in embodied practices to solicit sales from passers-by, the author was instructed in the operation of a distinct «pavement culture» that was available to observation from the position of the seller.