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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets - Community Reviews back

by Sudhir Venkatesh
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 5 years ago
So wow. Still important look at living in the "projects". Part of the entertainment is watching the author be brave enough to chronicle his own mistakes in his study, but it is a great in depth look.
nouveau rated it 6 years ago
first covered in Freakonomics, Venkatesh is a grad student who wandered into a top Chicago crack gang and then ended up covering their story over seven years. incisively written, a good ending, and nice unity of prose.knew a u/chicago guy who once allowed a gang member to sleep over in the lounge fi...
Reading Junkie
Reading Junkie rated it 7 years ago
This is a really good overview of gang life in Chicago's projects and of the political and social corruption that exist all over Chicago to this day.I recommend this book to everyone - especially people who grew up privileged and sheltered, and people who say ignorant things like "you should have to...
So Many Books, So Little Time
So Many Books, So Little Time rated it 7 years ago
I liked this book, even though it was extremely distressing. It left me with a powerful and lingering sense of "Now what?" I plan to read more about other housing projects and then see what I can do to get involved.
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous rated it 11 years ago
I got this for a class I'm taking with Professor Venkatesh. We only read the first three chapters for class, so I figure I'll read the rest once the semester's over. What I read so far, though, was very, very good.Also, so far his class is great.
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