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Gang Leader for A Day

A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Gang Leader for A Day


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The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. This is the full story of how Venkatesh managed to gain entrée into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment. When first-year grad student Venkatesh walked into one of Chicago's most notorious housing projects, he was looking for people to take a survey on urban poverty. He never imagined that he would befriend a gang leader and spend the better part of a decade inside the projects under his protection. He got to know the neighborhood dealers, crackheads, squatters, prostitutes, pimps, activists, cops, organizers, and officials. From his position of unprecedented access, he observed the gang as they operated their crack-selling business and rose or fell within the ranks of the gang's complex organizational structure.--From publisher description.
Authors: Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi
Title: Gang leader for a day
a rogue sociologist takes to the streets
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2008
Characteristics: xiv, 302 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sudhir Venkatesh
Notes: Includes index
Contents: "How does it feel to be black and poor?"
First days on Federal Street
Someone to watch over me
Gang leader for a day
Ms. Bailey's neighborhood
The hustler and the hustled
Black and blue
The stay-together gang
Summary: The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. This is the full story of how Venkatesh managed to gain entrée into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment. When first-year grad student Venkatesh walked into one of Chicago's most notorious housing projects, he was looking for people to take a survey on urban poverty. He never imagined that he would befriend a gang leader and spend the better part of a decade inside the projects under his protection. He got to know the neighborhood dealers, crackheads, squatters, prostitutes, pimps, activists, cops, organizers, and officials. From his position of unprecedented access, he observed the gang as they operated their crack-selling business and rose or fell within the ranks of the gang's complex organizational structure.--From publisher description.
ISBN: 9781594201509
1594201501
Branch Call Number: 364.1066 V461g 2008
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Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • kellygmayer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Hearing recently of his discredit as a prof at the U of C recently certainly colored the impression he gave of himself as naive.

The kindle format of this book is restricted to Kindle devices (no apps allowed). Because I have a kindle app, I can't read this book and I can't switch to a different digital format that is readable. I wish the library had clearly posted this Kindle restriction.

Report This Feb 09, 2012
  • mberk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonderful insight. Kind of left me disappointed with the author though.

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