Serena Stein is a doctoral student in the department of anthropology at Princeton University. She holds a master’s in International Development from the University of Oxford, specializing in Global Health and Development Economics. In Latin America Serena has researched a range of topics in medical and economic anthropology such as health-seeking among indigenous communities and the surveillance of tuberculosis treatment in urban shantytowns. As a Princeton Brazil Fellow, Serena is investigating social entrepreneurship in São Paulo and Rio, examining practices, relationalities and markers of social difference among other factors in the emergent ‘hybrid sector’ as they interpenetrate health and development assemblages, financial flows, and notions of social inequality across the southern hemisphere.
Subtitle of the image – photographer: Serena Stein; date: 7/2010; description: from the vertiginous heights of Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the physical borders that juxtapose luxury high-rise apartments and haphazard shantytown – and, moreover, the social boundaries that accompany this division – are brought into high relief.