Matías Dewey

I am a Privatdozent in the Institute of Sociology at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. I studied sociology in Argentina and received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Rostock, Germany. My main fields of research are economic and political sociology, and I have a particular interest in illegal markets and their relationship with governments and state structures. Previously, I worked at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, where I wrote my habilitation, and at the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies.

My book Making It at Any Cost: Aspirations and Politics in a Counterfeit Clothing Marketplace has been recently published by University of Texas Press.

Making it at any cost


“This beautiful book tells an illuminating story of hope and distrust, of suffering and overcoming, of aspirations and frustrations.”

Javier Auyero