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Gang leader for a day : a rogue sociologist takes to the streets

Author: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. This is the full story of how Venkatesh managed to gain entrée into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment. When first-year grad student Venkatesh walked into one of Chicago's most notorious housing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh; Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
ISBN: 9781594201509 1594201501 9780143114932 014311493X
OCLC Number: 173640924
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 302 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: How does it feel to be black and poor --
First days on Federal Street --
Someone to watch over me --
Gang leader for a day --
Ms. Bailey's neighborhood --
The hustler and the hustled --
Black and blue --
The stay-together gang.
Responsibility: Sudhir Venkatesh.
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The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. This is the full story of how Venkatesh managed to gain entrée into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment. When first-year grad student Venkatesh walked into one of Chicago's most notorious housing projects, he was looking for people to take a survey on urban poverty. He never imagined that he would befriend a gang leader and spend the better part of a decade inside the projects under his protection. He got to know the neighborhood dealers, crackheads, squatters, prostitutes, pimps, activists, cops, organizers, and officials. From his position of unprecedented access, he observed the gang as they operated their crack-selling business and rose or fell within the ranks of the gang's complex organizational structure.--Publisher information.

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