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Vargas Falla talked about coming theses in Seattle

The self-regulation of rickshaw drivers in Bogota, Colombia was the topic of the talk when Ana Maria Vargas Falla presented a chapter of her coming dissertation at the annual meeting of The Law & Society Association in Seattle, May 28-31, 2015.

The conference theme was Law’s Promise and Law’s Pathos in the Global North and Global South.

Ana Maria Vargas Falla reports back that there were: "Great discussions with Susan Silbey, sociology of law professor at MIT in the methods café about the use of qualitative data to make generalisations.” Susan's advice to fellow researchers was to use qualitative data to bring new insight, raise questions and create new hypothesis that later can be explored with other methods. She also insisted in the importance of transparent methods and recommended showing everything, all the data, especially in cases that do not fit researchers explanations.

The Law and Society conference is a venue where more than 2000 researchers in the field meet every year to discuss their research. Next years conference will be in New Orleans.