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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He had worker-bee foot soldiers who gany on the street and sold the product crackand he had a whole variety of customers. Bailey procures money and goods sometimes from the gang for the tenants, makes sure that the Chicago Housing Authority CHA maintains the building, and looks out for the children that city agencies ignore. I don’t feel like one needs a Mensa caliber brain to realize that these questions are silly and insulting.

He asked them questions about their “jobs,” and their abilities to make a living in this setting. As it turns out, the official statistics would lead you very wrong.

What a nice man. In contrast with his scholarly veniatesh on American Project, Gang Leader for a Day was a thorough disappointment.

It’s not a surprise that the Black Kings cropped up in these buildings. Gang members weren’t long for this world, and unfortunately, neither were the innocents that they came in contact with.

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It was a good book but lacked venoatesh lot of detail. Leadef gang may have provided “protection” to the tenants of their building, but they were also targets of drive-by shootings –in which innocents were killed.

The gang leader gives him an unprecented look at both life in the gang, and life in the projects for everyone gajg it is a major struggle to survive. He pushed himself ahead at the expense of deeply impoverished people who had kindly taken great risks exposing the details of their lives to him.


I hope we can find a way to combine the best of both worlds: Yet, I recommend it. Is this common in American society? He followed JT around Robert Taylor Homes, witnessing crack-making and selling, prostitution, and an overabundance of violence — both gang related, and not.

In this book he takes sociology to a whole new level by becoming a part vrnkatesh the community he was studying. He followed JT around Robert Taylor Homes, witnessing crack-making and selling, prostitution, and an overabundance of violence — both gang related, and not.

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I don’t think he wanted to absolve them; it was clear that he understood that gang-life wasn’t a sustainable lifestyle. We find it difficult to have a conversation without talking about our own opinions or drifting off entirely. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Pages with related products. We Welcome Our Robot Overlords: Because he is a dark-skinned ethnic Indian, neither white nor African American, the gang members assumed he was a Mexican from a rival gang sent out to spy on them.

Upgrade to Premium now and get unlimited access to over 2, titles in the Blinkist library. In a curious attempt to justify his own actions, Venkatesh limited the parameters of his leadership by refusing to direct any violent crimes during his stint at the helm of one of the nation’s most violent drug enterprises.

sudhi This book focuses on the “gray area” of society as a whole. I was fortunate to have advisers in graduate school who insisted that I listen to others and document their stories. Why does he find it so difficult in general to help the people he encounters? Read it Forward Read it first.


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View all 47 comments. This author is a moron. Bailey, the projects building president who knows both how to get things done and how to line her pockets; and Autry Harrison, the pimp turned Boys and Girls Club director who quietly tries to guide the youth of the project toward a better vision of the future.

In other words, customers. In other words, in order for the tenants to LEAVE their housing, they had to literally cross the highway. Even when he didn’t want to leave, the gang members would often shield him from especially brutal or sensitive events. Central to the book is Sudir’s relationship with JT. Sudhir Venkatesh must have grown up in a bubble in California, which certainly has really vicious gangs in Compton and in East LA.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. This is not to say that it is bleak or a slog. The primary focus is on the author’s almost unfettered access to the Black Kings a street gang responsible for much of the crack distribution in parts of the Robert Taylor Homestheir leader J.

Was there any other member of the Black Kings whose story you found as compelling? Gang Leader’s one strength is its premise: But, above JT, there was an entire upper-level hierarchy to strive for. Gang Leader for a Day: