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

Project: Dissertation

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Law


  • 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.


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

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Related research output

Ana Maria Vargas Falla, 2016, Lund. 267 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)

Ana Maria Vargas Falla, 2013, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper, not in proceeding

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