Steven is an aspiring screenwriter who became an anthropologist so he could one day turn his ethnographies into a Latin American version of ‘The Wire’. He is currently working on an ehtnography of social class in Bogotá, Colombia, entitled ‘The Law of the Most Alive’.
In Bogotá Steven researched Colombia’s class system and the incorporation of internally displaced persons into the city’s sociocultural landscape. In a city as congested, segregated, wealth-disparate and problem-afflicted as Bogotá, life opportunities remain very much shaped by one’s social status and belonging to a certain rung on the class hierarchy – made all the more pronounced by a public policy of social stratification based on income and place of residence.
The dishevelled appearance of Bogotá’s most infamous drug market hides a clockwork-like order.