CASE STUDIES

Male sex workers on the street

mexico

  In Zona Rosa, sex workers are invisible to those who do not know body language codes. These young prostitutes make themselves visible by moving their bodies in a certain way when they see a potential client. How is this (in)visibility regulated? How do these young people articulate the virtual public space (meeting places) and […]

Peseros and the sustainable mobile city

mexico

  This case aims to analyze both youth transgression in urban public space, and the regulatory discourses and practices directed at such transgression, through an ethnographic study of recent projects and efforts to regularize and formalize public transport in Mexico City.   “Peseros,” or privately run small buses, are infamous in the city for, among […]

Marijuana users on the streets of Mexico

mexico

  In a changing political context and regulating framework relating to cannabis, how is consumption regulated in public spaces?   Drug use, like any other transgressive practice, is informally regulated by youth themselves in the face of their social networks or family. They seek to protect themselves from police extortion or market-related violence. They also […]

Los chavos, las chavas and El Chopo

mexico

  El Chopo is a punk-rock street market located just north of the historical center. This countercultural space began operating in the 1980s. Since then, every Saturday vendors take to the streets and young people (los chavos and las chavas) flock. It is estimated that between 5,000-10,000 people use it weekly. There are approximately 200 […]