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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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Recounts the story of a young sociologist whose infiltration of a Chicago drug gang was originally introduced in the work "Freakonomics," describing the author's idealism, his friendship with gang leader JT, and his witness to the organization's crack-selling trade.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2008
ISBN: 014311493X
9780143114932
Branch Call Number: 364.1066 V461g 2008
Characteristics: xiv, 302 p. ;,22 cm

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Recounts the story of a young sociologist whose infiltration of a Chicago drug gang was originally introduced in the work "Freakonomics," describing the author's idealism, his friendship with gang leader JT, and his witness to the organization's crack-selling trade.


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Oct 13, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When Venkatesh first entered an abandoned housing project in Chicago, he was simply looking for people to answer a multiple-choice survey about urban poverty. He never imagined that as a result of the assignment he would befriend a gang leader and spend the better part of the next decade inside the projects documenting what he saw there.

May 05, 2014
  • thelauchlan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book an engaging, easy to read exploration into a world that is completely foreign to me. Quite eye opening. There have been criticisms, like the title being somewhat misleading but in the book Venkatesh acknowledges he was Gang Leader in name only and is rebuked when he takes his role too seriously.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with any interest in class/poverty issues.

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.

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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