Gang Leader for a Day has ratings and reviews. Petra X said: Sudhir Venkatesh had a problem when researching and writing this book. It was s. 4 Mar The publisher of Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a Day is trying to flog it by its association with Freakonomics (Venkatesh contributed to. 12 Jan Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh befriended the leader of one of the country’s largest and most violent gangs and ultimately led the gang for a day.

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As they passed his car, J. Gang Leader is not a scholarly work but instead a sloppy memoir of Venkatesh’s years at Robert Taylor.

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Professor lexder a picture of the realities of what it means to live in the projects, how it feels to be black in a ne A fascinating account of how this Indian-American grad student at the University of Chicago who grew up in the Cali suburbs befriends a gang leader JT in the Robert Taylor housing venkaesh and spends years getting to know him and the community.

My understanding of what sociologists do, is studying people in gang leader for a day sudhir venkatesh with the ultimate goal of making advancements in how we function as a society. Nov 13, Carmen rated it it was ok Recommends it for: When his gang was warring with another gang, for instance, J.

May 16, Kerry rated it really liked it.

He walked into a housing project with a multiple choice survey that asked questions like, “How does it feel to be black and poor? It has been almost thirty years now.

There are corrupt cops! Because sociology had such a strong tradition of “community studies,” he wanted me to write the definitive report on everyday life in high-rise housing projects. Look at community police relations and you will vehkatesh why Black Lives Matter exists. Well, this was a fast paced read.


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For in this labyrinth of crime and corruption, we also meet people striving for what we gang leader for a day sudhir venkatesh seek: After a bit of an uncertain and shaky start, one of the first people he met sudnir quickly ended up befriending was J. I knew he had my best interests in mind, but it still came as a shock to me that I would have to widen my focus if I still planned to base my dissertation on this community. I suppose he couldn’t have gotten himself into his position had he not been, but man, you can see him screwing with the tenants’ lives fro This started out as a rip-roaring read for me.

Venkatesh was fascinated by this oeader and so was I.

Open Preview See a Problem? He finds a professor who wants to study the poor after venturing out into the southside neighborhoods of Chicago and deciding he wants to do something in that vein. Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday.

Venkatesh’s guide during his research was J. Gor inside the car, I watched as parents gingerly stepped out of the high-rise lobby, kids in tow, trying to get to school and out of the unforgiving lake wind.

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The result was not only a remarkable Ph. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book, since Suhir tried one of the author’s earlier books, and liked the concept, but felt that it was a little too academic. He witnessed life in public housing for those who partnered with the gang, and for those who tried to avoid the gang at all costs. January 12, 5: Our relationship was transactional at the core.


I don’t know exactly what was going on there. The gang leader gives him an unprecented look at both life in the gang, and life in the projects for everyone where it is a major struggle to survive.

I was shivering, still unaccustomed to the chilling lake winds, and trying hard to focus on what J. I have to imagine that Venkatesh and his editors considered the possibility of an adapted screenplay based on this book. In your opinion, does Gang Leader for a Day do more to confirm or to dispute that there is such a leadfr Sudhir never wrote J. Maybe I would have been gang leader for a day sudhir venkatesh off reading his dissertation.

Some scholars complain that this is a nuisance, but I think the benefits i. Now a professor of sociology at Columbia University, Venkatesh ventured into Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes housing project in the s to do research for his doctorate. This leaader was frustrating, eye-opening, and disheartening. But, above JT, there was an entire upper-level hierarchy to strive for. This prompted some of the tenants that had always been open with him to begin to feel distrustful.

The book reads like mediocre pulp fiction with the author’s relationship to J. They were rival gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes, young children, volunteers, tenant patrols, cops both good and crookedand sweet grandmas.

Sudhir Venkatesh set out in search of a housing project. By this point, I had gang leader for a day sudhir venkatesh up golf as a ven,atesh to spend more time with Wilson, an avid golfer.