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Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi

Works: 71 works in 233 publications in 9 languages and 9,216 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Documentary films  History  Historical films  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Drama  Case studies  Science fiction films 
Roles: Author, Actor, Editor, Musician
Classifications: HD2346.U52, 330
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Off the books : the underground economy of the urban poor by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 2,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 entrepreneurs like the mechanic who works in an alley; from the preacher who provides mediation services to the beauty parlor owner who rents her store out for gambling parties; and from street vendors hawking socks and incense to the drug dealing and extortion of the local gang, we come to see how these activities form the backbone of the ghetto economy.--From publisher description
American project : the rise and fall of a modern ghetto by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 2,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on nearly a decade of fieldwork in Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes, American Project is the story of daily life in an American public housing complex. Venkatesh draws on his relationships with tenants, gang members, police officers, and local organizations to offer an intimate portrait of an inner-city community that journalists and the public have viewed only from a distance. Challenging the conventional notion of public housing as a failure, this startling book recreates tenants' thirty-year effort to build a safe and secure neighborhood: their political battles for services from an indifferent city bureaucracy, their daily confrontation with entrenched poverty, their painful decisions about whether to work with or against the street gangs whose drug dealing both sustained and imperiled their lives." "American Project explores the fundamental question of what makes a community viable. In his chronicle of tenants' political and personal struggles to create a decent place to live, Venkatesh brings us to the heart of the matter."--Jacket
Floating city : a rogue sociologist lost and found in New York's underground economy by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Venkatesh's interviews with New York City prostitutes and socialites, immigrants and academics, high end drug bosses and street-level dealers, "Floating City" exposes the underground as the city's true engine of social transformation and economic prosperity--revealing a wholly unprecedented vision of New York. A remarkable memoir of sociological investigation
Plenary papers of the 1999 Conference on Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation--enhancing policy and practice through research by Conference on Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foreword: This year's annual conference on criminal justice research and evaluation is a milestone of sorts. Some 30 years ago, the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice noted with alacrity that the revolution of scientific discovery had "largely bypassed the problems of crime and crime control." The method of objective analysis that had been used with stunning success to raise living standards, help people live healthier lives, and explore the heavens had unaccountably failed to be applied to one of the era's most pressing problems. To the great good fortune of succeeding generations, the Commission in its wisdom recommended creation of a Federal research agency dedicated to the scientific study of crime and criminal justice, with the aim of informing and aiding the work of practitioners. The National Institute of Justice, the agency established by Congress to carry out that mission, has for the past three decades been seeing the returns on that investment multiply. Criminology has become a respected field of scholarly inquiry, and we have built an impressive body of knowledge that has helped us better understand criminal behavior and the justice system. More important, the results of scholarly inquiries have been and are being applied to the day-to-day operations of law enforcement, corrections, the courts, and other elements of the justice system. In the conference, which revisited the Commission with the theme "Enhancing Policy and Practice Through Research," we saw how the investment continues to yield returns. The plenary sessions in particular emphasized praxis-research put to the service of real-world situations. Because of the distinctiveness of this year's plenary panels, we decided to publish them in three separate volumes: viewing crime from the street level, addressing school violence through research-based policy developed through an interdisciplinary approach, and understanding the involvement of women and girls in the criminal justice system. Sudhir Venkatesh and Richard Curtis bring the ethnographer's perspective to the analysis of street crime, analyzing, respectively, the financial activity of gangs and recent trends in drug dealing. Their method, distinct from that of conventional quantitative social science, calls for intensive observation over long periods and involves the quest for what is a a iv specific to single places and times and what is generalizable. The close-up, street-level observations of study subjects offer singular insights for practitioners who deal with these individuals as offenders. In this panel, we also benefited from the perspective of Charles Ramsey, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C. His indication that drug trafficking and gang crime persist in his jurisdiction despite the overall drop in crime offers proof of the ethnographer's caution against facile generalization. This year marks the first time the program offices of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP)-the Corrections Program Office, the Drug Courts Program Office, the Executive Office for Weed and Seed, and the Violence Against Women Office-have joined the OJP bureaus as conference sponsors. Because these offices work so closely with the practitioner community, I feel their sponsorship is an added expression of their commitment to research. I think they would endorse Chief Ramsey's succinct assessment of the role of research in affecting crime levels in the years to come as bringing to light findings useful for fashioning real-world solutions. "The best way to predict the future," the Chief said, "is to help create it." Those who wish to read more can find abstracts of the conference sessions on the World Wide Web at Jeremy Travis, Director National Institute of Justice
Youth, globalization, and the law by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addresses the impact of globalization on the lives of youth, focusing on the role of legal institutions and discourses
An economic analysis of a drug-selling gang's finances by Steven D Levitt( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We analyze a unique data set detailing the financial activities of a drug-selling street gang on a monthly basis over a four-year period in the recent past. The data, originally compiled by the gang leader to aid in managing the organization, contain detailed information on both the sources of revenues (e.g. drug sales, extortion) and expenditrues (e.g. costs of drugs sold, weapons, tribute to the central gang organization, wages paid to various levels of the gang). Street-level drug dealing appears to be less lucrative than is generally though. We estimate the average wage in the organization to rise from roughly $6 per hour to $11 per hour over the time period studied. The distribution of wages, however, is extremely skewed. Gang leaders earn far more than they could in the legitimate sector, but the actual street-level dealers appear to earn less than the minimum wage throughout most of our sample, in spite of the substantial risks associated with such activities (the annual violent death rate in our sample is 0.07), There is some evidence consistent both with compensating differentials and efficiency wages. The markup on drugs suggests that the gang has substantial local market power. Gang wars appear to have an important strategic component: violence on another gang's turf shifts demand away from that area. The gang we observe responds to such attacks by pricing below marginal cost, suggesting either economic punishment for the rival gang or the presence of switching for users that makes market share maintenance valuable. We investigate a range of alternative methods for estimating the willingness of gang members to accept risks of death, all of which suggest that the implicit value that gang members place on their own lives is very low
American denial( Visual )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America's Jim Crow South. His resulting study, An American dilemma (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: How can a people devoted to the American creed of equality, justice and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Through Myrdal's story and contemporary racial dynamics, the film explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives"--From container
Floating city : hustlers, strivers, dealers, call girls and other lives in illicit New York by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores New York from high to low, tracing the invisible threads that bind a handful of ambitious urban hustlers, from a Harvard-educated socialite running a high-end escort service to a Harlem crack dealer adapting to changing demands by selling cocaine to hedge fund managers and downtown artists
Hathi by Philippe Gautier( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in Hindi and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up in a village in southern India, Makbul cares for an elephant named Vikrama. Years later the government sells the elephant in an auction. Makbul is told to deliver Vikrama to the buyer, but he soon realizes that the buyer does not have the elephant's best interests at heart
The political economy of an American street gang by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans la peau d'un chef de gang by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in French and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sudhir Venkatesh, étudiant en sociologie à l'université de Chicago, participe, sous la direction d'un grand professeur, à un nouveau projet de recherche. Il s'agit d'étudier les jeunes Noirs des cités HLM de Lake Park, un ghetto où la police et les ambulances n'entrent plus. La méthode : poser des questions élaborées par ses aînés, afin de générer des données scientifiques. Exemple : comment se sent-on quand on est noir et pauvre ? A : très bien. B : bien. C : assez bien. D : moyennement bien. E : pas bien du tout? Le type qui a formulé cette question est-il seulement déjà sorti de la bibliothèque ? C'est ce que se demande Sudhir lorsqu'il se retrouve dans la cage d'escalier d'une des barres de Lake Park, face à un colosse armé jusqu'aux dents absolument persuadé qu'il appartient à un gang rival. Il faudra que J T, le chef des Black Kings, ceux qui contrôlent le quartier, prenne in extremis le jeune étudiant sous son aile. « Tu ne comprendras rien avec tes questions à la noix, lui dit-il. En revanche, si tu voulais, je pourrais te montrer comment on s'organise pour survivre quand on est un ?négro? à Chicago »
DisLocation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the demolition of the Robert Taylor Homes, Chicago, and the resulting dislocation of its African American residents
Floating City : Gangster, Schlepper, Callgirls und andere unglaubliche Unternehmer in New Yorks Untergrundökonomie by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in German and English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gang leader for a day : a rogue sociologist takes to the streets by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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.--From publisher description
Lakshmi = The powerful man( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Telugu and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lakshmi unites his family members and wins back his lady love
Malleswari = The princess( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in Telugu and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malleswari is an heiress whose property is in the control of of a man who plans to kill her so he can inherit. She is sent to live with a relative, where an accountant falls in love with her. When the assassins arrive, the accountant tries to protect her
Underground gun markets by Philip J Cook( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper provides an economic analysis of underground gun markets drawing on interviews with gang members, gun dealers, professional thieves, prostitutes, police, public school security guards and teens in the city of Chicago, complemented by results from government surveys of recent arrestees in 22 cities plus administrative data for suicides, homicides, robberies, arrests and confiscated crime guns. We find evidence of considerable frictions in the underground market for guns in Chicago. We argue that these frictions are due primarily to the fact that the underground gun market is both illegal and "thin"--The number of buyers, sellers and total transactions is small and relevant information is scarce. Gangs can help overcome these market frictions, but the gang's economic interests cause gang leaders to limit supply primarily to gang members, and even then transactions are usually loans or rentals with strings attached
Munnudi = a mirror to open mind( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Kannada and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boluvaru's story Mutthuchera, on which Munnudi is based, describes the plight of Byari women who marry Arab visitors for three-month stints. The Arab businessmen then give them the 'talaq' and return to their land. The only attraction for the women and their poor families is the bride price the Arabs are willing to pay. It talks about "the misuse of Shariat by opportunistic men and the manipulation of the testaments on "Nikah" and "Talaaq"
Nuvvu naaku nachav( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in Telugu and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Engaged Arati falls in love with Ventakesh, the son of her dad's close friend, who stays with them to find a better future for his career
Yabai shakaigaku : 1nichi dakeno gyangu rīdā by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Off the books : the underground economy of the urban poor
American project : the rise and fall of a modern ghettoYouth, globalization, and the lawGang leader for a day : a rogue sociologist takes to the streetsGang leader for a day : [a rogue sociologist takes to the streets]Gang leader for a day : a young sociologist crosses the line
Alternative Names
Alladi Venkatesh Sudhir

Alladi Venkatesh, Sudhir, 1966-

Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh Amerikaans professor

Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh sociologue américain

Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh US-amerikanischer Soziologe

Venkatesh Sudhir

Venkatesh, Sudhir, 1966-

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벤카테시, 수디르 알라디

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English (147)

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German (6)

French (6)

Japanese (4)

Telugu (3)

Korean (2)

Hindi (2)

Kannada (1)