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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So we made our way past the standing people and sat down next to them. Sudhir’s example of humility and JT’s earnest desire to matter are relevant today.

Eventually, the Robert Taylor homes were torn down, and all tenants were “relocated. See and discover other items: Amazon Dya Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This book was frustrating, eye-opening, and disheartening.

Sudhir clearly idolizes JT and I think this clouds his ability to view JT and his work objectively 2. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Gang Leader for a Day: Although it’s nonfiction, the book reads like a vor and it’s incredibly engaging and page-turning suspenseful.

You seen any eay come around? I saw very quickly how JT’s ego was key to Sudir’s research and therefore this book. So, unlike him, I never knew what really happened behind the distress and chain-link mesh, about the guile and tribulation, and I never met ‘JT’.

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

Also, Venkatesh made sure to include an example of how he “helped to save a life. The Community serves and helps itself in spite of the world at large. He asks questions about issues that matter — what public policies can and should be put into place to help poor African-Americans?


Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. To impress his gang patron, J. This isn’t a pity party. Yet you also encountered an openness, a sense of community, and a willingness to share resources during hard times that seem largely absent from current suburbia. What are his particular strengths and weaknesses as a leader?

Start your free trial. Venkatesh had developed deep sources among the hustlers who operated Robert Taylor’s underground economy. The Chicago political machine is alive and well, even in the ‘hood. To make matters worse, that isn’t even his own conclusion, but something told to him by one of the residents, and he clings to the idea like a life saver.

We get bored very easily. A son of an academic, he arrives at the University of Chicago to do his Ph. By abandoning the clipboard-and-survey style of field work to get a little realer, Venkatesh revolutionized the way in which sociological research is conducted.

Gang Leader for a Day

We are experiencing technical difficulties. You losing sudhif of your regulars? How relevant could it be now? One of the greatest things that this book taught me is that it’s not really an “us against them” problem, no matter how much we may want to think it is.

Central to the book is Sudir’s relationship with JT. Learn more by picking up Gang Leader for a Day in full to get educated. I would agree with his use of the word rogue to describe himself: The New Jim Crow: Sign up now to read or listen to key insights from bestselling nonfiction books. Yet, I recommend it.

He finds a professor who wants to study the poor after venturing out into the southside neighborhoods of Chicago and deciding he wants to do something in that vein.


And that writing this book probably wouldn’t help any of the people he had studied. Jun 08, Casey added it. There were police officers that would come into the buildings and beat drug dealers, then raid their apartments, stealing their drugs and their money, but without issuing an arrest.

This book really showed me why it is important that capitalism continue to be regulated. So, while my work is unconventional today, before the World War II, it was standard fare. Aug 17, Caroline Stevens rated it liked it.

And yet, Venkatesh was Ph. Unwilling to tell J.

It may be dirty money, but Ms. For more of my reviews, go to readingandmusing. On multiple occasions, S. The whole model makes it difficult for people to get out of this life paradigm. You have this picture of people in gangs being closed off and I’m sure they are to outsiders, but Sudir was able to disarm gang members, prostitutes, hypes very vor.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The leadeer mentions former residents who now reside in nearby working-class neighborhoods, without providing a context for their movement out of the ghetto. When Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects, he was looking for people to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty. But Gang Leader doesn’t do it any justice.

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