Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

A New York Times Bestseller
Foreword by means of Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of

When first-year graduate pupil Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an deserted development in a single of Chicago’s so much infamous housing tasks, he was hoping to discover a couple of humans keen to take a multiple-choice survey on city poverty--and galvanize his professors along with his boldness. He by no means imagined that because of this task he might befriend a gang chief named JT and spend the higher a part of a decade embedded contained in the initiatives below JT’s safeguard. From a privileged place of unparalleled entry, Venkatesh saw JT and the remainder of his gang as they operated their crack-selling company, made peace with their buddies, refrained from the legislation, and rose up or fell in the ranks of the gang’s complicated hierarchical constitution. reading the morally ambiguous, hugely complex, and sometimes corrupt fight to outlive in an city struggle sector, Gang chief for a Day additionally tells the tale of the advanced friendship that develops among Venkatesh and JT--two younger and bold males a universe apart.

"Riveting." --The long island Times

"Compelling... dramatic... Venkatesh provides readers a window right into a lifestyle that few american citizens understand." --Newsweek

"An eye-opening account into an underserved urban in the city." --Chicago Tribune

"The success of Gang chief for an afternoon is to provide the dry records a uncooked, beating heart." --The Boston Globe

"A wealthy portrait of the city poor, drawn now not from information yet from viivd stories in their lives and his, and the way they intertwined." --The Economist

"A sensative, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives which are ususally neglected or lumped into ill-defined stereotype." --Finanical Times

Sudhir Venkatesh’s newest ebook Floating urban: A Rogue Sociologist misplaced and located in New York’s Underground Economy--a memoir of sociological research revealing the genuine face of America’s so much varied city--was released in September 2013 via The Penguin Press


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