Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
ISBN: 014311493X
EAN13: 9780143114932
Language: English
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8.4" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
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A New York Times Bestseller

Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics

When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago's most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty--and impress his professors with his boldness. He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded inside the projects under JT's protection. From a privileged position of unprecedented access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang's complex hierarchical structure. Examining the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, and often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, Gang Leader for a Day also tells the story of the complicated friendship that develops between Venkatesh and JT--two young and ambitious men a universe apart.

Riveting.--The New York Times

Compelling. dramatic. Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand.--Newsweek

An eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city.--Chicago Tribune Read More chevron_right

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