Gang Leader for a Day - A Sociologist takes to the streets - Venkatesh (epub) [Qwerty80]

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Release date: December 30, 2008
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 Chicagos most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people 
willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty--and impress his professors 
with his boldness. He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would 
befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded inside 
the projects under JTs protection. From a privileged position of unprecedented 
access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-
selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or 
fell within the ranks of the gangs complex hierarchical structure. 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.
Riveting. --The New York Times
Compelling... dramatic... Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that 
few Americans understand. --Newsweek
An eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city. --Chicago Tribune
The achievement of Gang Leader for a Day is to give the dry statistics a raw, 
beating heart. --The Boston Globe
A rich portrait of the urban poor, drawn not from statistics but from viivd tales of 
their lives and his, and how they intertwined. --The Economist
A sensative, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives that are ususally ignored 
or lumped into ill-defined stereotype. --Finanical Times
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