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Off the books : the underground economy of the urban poor

Author: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sudhir Venkatesh takes us into Maquis Park, a poor black neighborhood on Chicago's Southside, to explore the desperate, dangerous, and remarkable ways in which a community survives. We find there an entire world of unregulated, unreported, and untaxed work, a system of living off the books that is daily life in the ghetto. From women who clean houses and prepare lunches for the local hospital to small-scale  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
ISBN: 0674023552 9780674023550 9780674030718 0674030710
OCLC Number: 69672046
Awards: Commended for Street Literature Book Award Medal (Slbam) (Adult Nonfiction) 2010
Description: xix, 426 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Living underground --
Home at work --
The entrepreneur --
The street hustler --
The preacher --
Our gang --
As the shady world turns.
Responsibility: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh.

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