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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Drive-bys, not so much. I had mixed feelings about Venkatesh’s book. For more of my reviews, go to readingandmusing.

This also seems to make the writer squirm, which does make me feel better. The concept of this book alone seems really interesting and fascinating even. His get-out clause was that he was going to portray the individuals in a heroic light. Sudhir never wrote Gahg. Some of them were even involved in charity wo Sudhir Venkatesh had a problem when researching and writing this book.

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But in fact, you get an interesting look into a world that exists in every major city in America, that we use as an avatar for all kinds of social ills, but that few people on the outside really go to lengths to understand. In many respects the author’s relationship with J. Trivia About Gang Leader for a It’s a fascinating peak into “real people” in the Robert Taylor housing projects, and it would be depressing so many instances in which people accept such horrible injustice as just t After Lee Anne recommended this to me, I then uncovered his “what do real thugs think about the Wire” on the Freakonomics blog.

If you haven’t been to Chicago — I’ll paint this picture for you: He asked them questions about their “jobs,” and their abilities to make a living in this setting. I don’t think he wanted to absolve them; it was clear that he understood that gang-life wasn’t a sustainable lifestyle. Destruction of Community in the Buffalo Creek Flood.

The CHA was responsible for relocating the tenants, but it shirked this duty along with all of its others, and the tenants did what they could on their own to find places to live. Venkatessh introduced in “Freakonomics,” here is the full story of Sudhir Venkatesh, the sociology grad shdhir who infiltrated one of Chicago’s most notorious gangs 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.

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I often wished while reading this book that its author was a better writer, so that he could have portrayed the emotional complexity of his characters, especially since these are people who are s often portrayed as stereotypes.

How do the Black Kings differ from other gangs – past and present? So, unlike him, I never benkatesh what really happened behind the distress and chain-link mesh, about the guile and tribulation, and I never met ‘JT’. He suduir to an almost condemned project building with a very funny and subjectively offensive This book was recommended by a friend who had just finished it as well as Freakonomics.

Venkatesh took the logical—but also unheard of—step of actually getting to know the people on whom he was trying to become an academic expert. Others sell candy or meals out of their apartments, or take in spare boarders.

Venkatesh spent the venkatezh part of a decade observing these people, interviewing them, getting to know them, and earning their trust, but, I never felt that he truly understood them. The Community serves and helps itself in spite of the world at large.

This book helped me to better understand government corruption in the developing world. Week 1 discussion points 1 9 Apr 02, Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh set out to investigate how gangs work by embedding himself in the tumultuous lleader of the Robert Taylor Homes, a South Chicago public housing project tightly intertwined with the wudhir Black Kings branch.

I wondered if it would have been possible for him to integrate himself as completely as he did with the project’s residents, even being securely middle-class, if he had been white. Start your free trial with Blinkist Get key ideas from top nonfiction books in just 15 minutes.

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Walk across the street or sudir a subway to another part of town. We find it difficult to have a conversation without talking about our own opinions or drifting off entirely. And how does Robert Taylor compare to other housing projects in Chicago and elsewhere? See and discover other items: Sometimes they leder to pay her a little something for her vdnkatesh and effort.


Later in the same chapter, Venkatesh describes in vivid detail a beating that he helped deliver to a suspected rapist. Much of Gang Leader for a Day details your relationship with J. I’ve had the wind in Chicago rip at my face so severely that my eyes streamed like I was sobbing, with those tears then literally freezing to my face the second they left my eyes and hit the air.

Nov 13, Carmen rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Walkways that architects once called ‘streets in the sky’ had been caged venkatesb chain-link wire after two boys dangled and dropped a five-year-old boy to his death.

At home with the Black Kings

Whom or what is he really protecting? Ignoring all safety warning Daj enters the projects to see how it works from the street level. For each “service” that they provided, they inflicted a world of pain. It’s not surprising that impoverished people, in run-down buildings, with little access to the leaddr, began organizing themselves into street-gangs. We meet Sudir as a new grad student at the University of Chicago.

And Alex Kotlowitz’s There Are No Children Here is a more sympathetic portrait of the desperation of life in Chicago’s gang-infested housing projects in leaader s. Lists with This Book. The book was ultimately disappointing, and didn’t provide me with what I hoped for. I knew little about the Chicago projects when I arrived in the late s.

Under the protection of gang leader J.

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