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Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics
When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicagoâs 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 JTâs 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 gangâs 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."âThe New York Times
"Compelling... dramatic... Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand."âNewsweek
"An eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city."âChicagoÂ Tribune
"The achievement of Gang Leader for a Day is to give the dry statistics a raw, beating heart."âTheÂ 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."âThe Economist
"A sensative, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives that are ususally ignored or lumped into ill-defined stereotype."âFinanical Times
Sudhir Venkateshâs latest book Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New Yorkâs Underground Economyâa memoir of sociological investigation revealing the true face of Americaâs most diverse cityâis also published by Penguin Press.
About: Recounts the story of a young sociologist whose infiltration of a Chicago drug gang was originally introduced in the work 'Freakonomics,' describing the author's idealism, his friendship with gang leader JT, and his witness to the organization's crack-selling trade.
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