The publisher of Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a Day is trying to flog it by its association with Freakonomics (Venkatesh contributed to. Gang Leader for a Day has ratings and reviews. Petra Eggs said: Sudhir Venkatesh had a problem when researching and writing this book. It wa. A New York Times Bestseller Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an .
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He sudhkr insisting, truthfully, that he was a grad student who had come to do research. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
At home with the Black Kings
He calls himself a “rogue sociologist”. Does he ever completely gain their trust? They answered his questions honestly, telling him of the various underground money-making projects that they participated in. Venkatesh spent the better part of a decade observing these people, interviewing them, getting to know them, and earning their trust, but, I never felt that he truly understood them.
The primary focus is on the author’s almost unfettered access to the Black Kings a street gang resp I thought the chapter in Freakonomics on why drug dealers live with their mothers was fascinating. From his privileged position of unprecedented access, he observed JT and the rest of the gang as they operated their crack-selling business, conducted PR within their community, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang’s complex organizational structure.
Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh – Reading Guide – : Books
As a sociologist-in-training, Sudhir Venkatesh stumbles upon a unique opportunity to gain a lense into the inner workings of the American ghetto when he wanders into one of the worst housing projects in Chicago clutching pens and a survey that sudhjr, “How does it feel to b There is so little information about and so many stereotypes within mainstream America about how ghettos function, even though thousands of Americans live in them, that this book is a welcome contribution to poverty literature.
How do you think your time in the Robert Taylor Homes eay you? He gets to experience the thrill of being a gang member, then go home to his safe home in a safe neighborhood. I can’t believe Sudhir believes that ggang account is even remotely scholarly as it should be, coming from an “expert” in the field–he has a responsibility to portray his research accurately as a representative of his discipline, even if this is leade for a popular audience.
Some of JT’s gang members joined other gangs to ensure their own safety. A couple of stops later he ripped out the page from the book where he’d drawn a map for us of exactly where we would need to go and got off.
Review: Gang Leader For a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh | Books | The Guardian
There’s sudyir problem loading this menu right now. I also found myself surprised at how likable some of the “bad” characters were. It may be dirty money, but Ms. In other words, in order for the tenants to LEAVE their housing, they had to literally cross the highway.
Feb 03, Anna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: What makes him unique is how far he strayed and how disinterested he seems in a thorough self-examination. Caitlin works on the podcast and copy at Blinkist. Though I didn’t study urban plight as I had originally planned, my interest in the subject hasn’t waned, and I anticipated loving this book.
May 16, Kerry rated it really liked it. It just needs a different narrator.
There were times where I really did forget that Sudir was a student doing research and I can tell he and JT had the same experience. Bailey will venkatdsh whatever it takes to help people survive. So, these people lived in buildings, with outdoor hallways, enclosed by the beauty of chain-link metal.
You see them on TV mostly: This book is Venkatesh’s account of the decade he spent observing gang life in the projects. Jun 08, Casey added it. Even after spending years in the projects, he still doesn’t know how things work.
But Gang Leader for a Day seemed surprisingly low on data. Bang problem is that it disrupts what had become a somewhat stable, self-correcting, ecosystem of competing gangs, corrupt officials and cops on the take, activists taking their share vsnkatesh the tenants and the government, and hustlers of both genders making do by providing and bartering for goods clothing, books, food and services child care, auto repairs, transportation, and shopping and making a very few tax-free bucks in the process.
I venkateshh, for me, their relationship was the part of the book that most fascinated me.
Gang Leader for a Day
Start reading Gang Leader for a Day on your Kindle in under a minute. JT was the leader of his faction; he had an accountant and a planner. Are there ways in which the community would be worse off if the BKs were suddenly to disappear?
The CHA wouldn’t conduct repairs when most tenants called, but they accepted bribes from some of the “building leaders” in exchange for vaguely explained services. It doesn’t bother me at all that I’m a marginalized person, living genkatesh a dilapidated building.
Was there any other member of the Black Kings whose story you found as compelling?
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