Gang leader for a day is hands down one of the best books i have ever read sudhir venkatesh, whose research on gangs was first made famous in freakonomics, wrote this memoir of how he came to become an active observer of the drug trade in chicago's robert taylor homes (infamous public housing project) in late 1980s/early 1990s although it's nonfiction, the book reads like a narrative and it's incredibly engaging and page-turning suspenseful. He found out that many of the gang members supplemented their income with different activity ranging from baby-sitting, carpentry, fixing cars in alleys to prostitution the two individuals with most authority in this situation were jt the gang leader and ms bailey who was the building manager who turned a blind eye to the gang's activities in return for payments and protection.
Gang leader for a day in the book, gang leader for a day, a rogue sociologist passionately dives into the lives of one of chicago’s toughest housing projects in an attempt to develop an insight as to how the urban impoverished lived throughout the text it becomes clear that a conflict paradigm is being reflected.
Gang leader for a day a rogue sociologist takes to the streets by sudhir venkatesh 302 pages the penguin press $2595.
Litcharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in gang leader for a day, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work underlying all the above themes are the material conditions of those living in the projects.
Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets [sudhir venkatesh] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a new york times bestseller foreword by stephen j dubner, coauthor of freakonomics when first-year graduate student sudhir venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of chicago’s most notorious housing projects. Gang leader for a day throws into sharp relief the thorny issues of conducting ethical research for instance, venkatesh struggles with maintaining allegiances with powerful community members, while trying to forge close ties with less powerful residents.
Many of the prostitutes in gang leader for a day were addicted to heroin the appalachian community also had drug problems for example, courtney's mother had drug problems and was trying to fix it. Gang leader for a day: the ethical concerns and questionable motives behind a rogue sociologist sudhir venkatesh, the rogue sociologist took to the chicago streets in the most notorious housing projects in search of people to take part in his survey on urban poverty and crime.