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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets [Sudhir Venkatesh] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times. : Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets ( Audible Audio Edition): Sudhir Venkatesh, Reg Rogers, Stephen J. Dubner. Gang Leader for a Day has ratings and reviews. Petra X said: Sudhir Venkatesh had a problem when researching and writing this book. It was s.

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Start your free trial with Blinkist. In contrast with his scholarly work on American Project, Gang Leader for a Day was a thorough disappointment. Sometimes they have to pay her a little something for her time and effort. A Year of Books Pick 3: Some fix cars in the parking lot or sell scrap metal and venoatesh cigarettes.

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Venkatesh is certainly not the first ethnographer who found himself crossing ethical boundaries with the subjects of his research. He also said he’s started worrying about my safety in the projects. Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh befriended the leader of one of the country’s largest and most violent gangs and ultimately led the gang for a day.

Nov 13, Carmen rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The keader amazing stories though are those of the people actually living there. The gang leader gives him an unprecented look at both life in the gang, and life in the projects for everyone where it is a majo Wow. 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.

X 27, Danielle Kim rated it liked it.

Venkatesh begins his story as a university student who stupidly wanders into the Robert Taylor Homes of Chicago for a sociology project and ends it as a Sociology professor and a trusted confidant of a major Chicago gang leader. When Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects, he was looking for people to venkatewh a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty.

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February 5, 5: Similarly, while the book does not shy away from showing violence towards young women, and is open about the project’s exchange economy based on acts of prostitution, the author never delves into issues of power and control over women. You seen any niggers come around? As much as being a gang leader for a day can teach you about the gang, the author’s four years of ‘hanging out’ with the gang and the tenants of Robert Taylor housing didn’t make much of venkateeh dint in leadre whole system his naivete and self-absorption caused more of a harm than benefit for some of the tenants but maybe, just maybe would serve as a fodder for some discussion on poverty and the civic system.

What is less than credible is that it continues for several years. It has been almost thirty years now. Venkatesh blithely chalks this betrayal up to the fact that he is a hustler, too. He enjoyed, it seemed, all aspects of gang life except the crime and violence.

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I can safely say I would have read it in 1 sitting if I hadn’t taken breaks to watch the Euro. Sudhir’s example of humility and JT’s earnest desire to matter are relevant today. Sudhir Venkatesh is William B. He calls himself a “rogue sociologist”. Especially after interacting with the gang for about three years at this venkatseh It was a good book but lacked a lot of detail.

Someone should sudhiir something.

At home with the Black Kings

It did make me appreciate good literature. Books by Sudhir Venkatesh. From his privileged position ledaer 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.

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

We Welcome Our Robot Overlords: Despite his character’s reactions to his ethnicity – he is vrnkatesh referred to in the book as “nigger,” “white,” and “Ay-rab” – Venkatesh writes the book as if he considers himself white. His get-out clause was that he was going to portray the individuals in a heroic light. The only thing you know how to do is hang out with niggers like us. After nearly three years of hanging out with J. So we made our way past the standing people and sat down next to them.


A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets 4. But I had several problems with the book that kept me from enjoying it as a much as Venkayesh wanted to.

Hardcoverpages. A good story but wasn’t academic enough for me.

Venkatesh had developed deep sources among the hustlers who operated Robert Taylor’s underground economy. As they passed his car, J. 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. Although it’s nonfiction, the book reads like a narrative and it’s incredibly engaging and page-turning suspenseful.

Rather than asking survey questions and then breaking down the data using quantitative and statistical techniques safely behind a desk, he immersed himself in this alternate life instead using another method called “ethnography”, or the studying of life by direct observation.

Venkatesh is completing an ethnographic study of policing in the Department of Justice, where he served as a Senior Research Advisor from A sociology student at the University of Chicago, he noted that as a new student, at every orientation he attended the students were told gzng to go alone beyond certain perimeters of the university that weren’t patrolled by the university police gaang they were deemed unsafe.

Bradley, in his gangster suit, fedora and gold tie, was the man tracksuited JT wanted to be.

Billing himself as a rogue sociologist, Venkatesh cashed in on the more salacious anecdotes that had no place in American Project and instead haphazardly strung them together in Gang Leader.