Fieldwork in Tamil Nadu, India, examins how the owners of small road-side shops manage to reach agreements and preserve relationships with neighbors, customers, and other interlocutors whose roles and interests frequently oppose their own. Ethnographic focus is on interactions between shopkeepers, product suppliers, and their customers. However, these conversations, as well as engagements with other sites, such as government run ration shops, political rallies, and newspaper accounts of traders’ behavior, alow for an examination of the ways in which everyday talk on neighborhood streets may work as a “back-stage” for the organization of activities associated with broader geographic scales and more overtly political domains -- Laura Brown

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