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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How does statistical research of the area compare to his ethnographer’s approach? It had been almost twenty years since he had first encountered the gang? Caitlin works on the podcast and copy at Blinkist. Which is a good time in its own right. Like weirdly disappointed by.

He had worker-bee foot soldiers who stood on the street and sold the product crackand he leaedr a whole variety of customers. At one point, he broke away from JT for a few days, and interviewed some of the sduhir living in the building.

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Jay Mahannah It’s as relevant today as it ever was. Sudhir painfully recollects his utter lack of social intelligence many, many times 3. Why does he respect Autry highly? The cycle was never-ending, and vicious.

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The Chicago political machine is alive and well, even in the ‘hood. I squirmed at times while reading this, because there’s some moral ambiguity to a researcher being party to drive by shootings, beatings, crack production and sales, and extortion. The premium is on doing business, interrupted only when necessary – or so JT claims – by ‘niggers misbehaving’.


Gang Leader’s one strength is its premise: Otherwise it can be paternalistic, rooted in pity. Give a character sketch of J.

Some of them were even involved in charity wo Sudhir Venkatesh had cor problem when researching and writing vnekatesh book.

The Sudhir Venkatesh on the book jacket, in his vintage leather coat with the collar up, arms folded in tough guy stance in front of derelict seeming housing projects slightly out of focus in the back ground, seems like a wannabe bad ass. Upgrade to Premium now and get unlimited access to the Blinkist library.

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In the end the Robert Taylor homes were torn down and Sudir and JT’s relationship pretty much seemed to dissolve with them, which I was really disappointed by. So, these people lived in buildings, with outdoor hallways, enclosed by the beauty of chain-link metal. Billing himself as a rogue sociologist, Venkatesh cashed in on the more salacious anecdotes that had no place in American Project and instead haphazardly strung them together in Gang Leader.

If you had one suggestion for relieving the kind of conditions you describe in Gang Leader for a Daywhat would it be? Sometimes, his lexicon is awkward, even cliched, but, like his disarming naivety, this only works to the book’s advantage, empowering its honesty.

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And, he recently completed At the Top of My Voice, a documentary film on a scholar and artist who return to the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia to promote democracy and safeguard human rights. Sudhir Venkatesh must have grown up in a bubble in California, which certainly has really vicious gangs in Compton and in East LA. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.


This book showed me what life was like in every primitive society before the skdhir of law. Do you consider these restrictions reasonable, or are there aspects of them you would like to see modified or removed?

Similarly, while the book does not shy away from showing violence towards young women, and is open about the project’s exchange economy suudhir on acts of prostitution, the author never delves into issues of power and control over women.

What a nice man. I wanted to scream at him, “You’re a damn fool Sudhir, come on! I drive for Uber in Chicago and when I talk with people, particularly University of Chicago where the sudnir did his research students, I usually recommend this book. Examining the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, and often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, Gang Leader for a Day also tells the story of the complicated friendship that develops between Venkatesh and JT–two young and ambitious men a universe apart.

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