Outside the Law: An Ethnographic Study of Street Vendors in Bogotá

Project: Dissertation

Project Details


The main research question guiding this study is: how does formalization of street vendors in Bogotá enable and/or hinder their well-being? To examine this question, this study uses an ethnographic approach and the concept of social control within the tradition of sociology of law. The data for this study was collected through ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2012 and 2014 in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Three groups were studied: vendors within the transitional zones (a formalization program), two rickshaw driver associations, and itinerant ice cream vendors.
Short titleOutside the Law
Effective start/end date2011/02/012016/06/08

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty

UKÄ subject classification

  • Law

Free keywords

  • Social Control, Sociology of Law, Well-being, Street Vendors, Rickshaws, Ethnography, Bogotá, Colombia, Informal Economy, Informal Workers, Formalization, Rule of Law, Legal Empowerment, Social Norms, Informal Control, Negative Social Capital, Legal Pluralism, Labor Law.