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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Though I didn’t study urban plight as I had originally planned, my interest in the subject hasn’t waned, and I anticipated loving this book.

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There are several points that made this book ridiculous: And, unlike the residents of Robert Taylor Homes, he could leave whenever he wanted. Showing up with a clipboard and ponytail and interrupting a drug deal to ask what it feels like to be black and poor is hardly a show of bravado, but his earnestness, sincerity, and willingness to connect is palpable. Don’t have a Kindle? Simply put – a must read if you live in America. There are many more pages to work with here, so we get more time, more characters, and more anecdotes.

Guys I finished it. A son of an academic, he arrives at the University of Chicago to do his Ph. We meet Sudir as a new grad student at the University of Chicago. Gang Leader for a Day.


Gang Leader for a Day

Sep 08, Joe rated it it was ok. I think since it has been said thousands times that this a must read for dag who is conducting research in social science, but let me add my voice to those folks and say read and enjoy this eye-opening and mind-altering book. For more of my reviews, go to readingandmusing. Instead, he concludes things by writing a dissertation and moving on to better things, saying he was probably never really friends with J.

Gang Leader for a Day Reader’s Guide

I can safely say I would have read it in 1 sitting if I hadn’t taken breaks to watch the Euro. Many of them did not have cars.

But, with all of this said, can gang members be absolved of their multiple misdeeds? Our society has collective Attention Deficit Disorder. About the quality of the crack.

The gang may have provided “protection” to the tenants of their building, but they were also targets of drive-by shootings –in which gng were killed.

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 so often portrayed as stereotypes.

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh

A student of the social and economic conditions that shape the lives of the urban poor, Venkatesh chose not simply to immerse himself in the books, charts, and data that make up the usual intellectual diet of an advanced student of the social sciences.


The two self-observations Venkatesh fails to make, however, are: He told me it was quite a way and not to get venkatesj at the stop the driver told me but the next one as it was closer.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book, since I tried one of the author’s earlier books, and liked the concept, but felt that it was a little too academic. Bradley exactly echoed JT’s outrageous pretension: Nonetheless, he spends six years interviewing people in the projects who initially view him with the scorn deserved by the gang of usually white, do-gooders who write about ghetto folks without talking to anyone outside of a controlled environment.

What were they supposed to say? I would’ve been interested in that.

Knowing that the events are real actually builds more suspense and curiosity because although I know what happens with the Robert Taylor Homes they eventually get torn downI am dying to know what happens to the characters in the book.

Venkatesh blithely chalks this betrayal up to the fact that he is a hustler, too. It just comes across as an honest account of his experiences at Robert Taylor.

I think it is vital that academics have their research approved by their colleges and universities. Sudhir painfully recollects his utter lack o How embarrassing!