- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (30 December 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014311493X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143114932
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Gang Leader For A Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes To The Streets Paperback – 30 Dec 2008
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"Riveting." --The New York Times
"Compelling... dramatic... Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand." --Newsweek
"An eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city." --Chicago Tribune
"The achievement of Gang Leader for a Day is to give the dry statistics a raw, beating heart." --The 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." --The Economist
"A sensitive, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives that are ususally ignored or lumped into ill-defined stereotype." --Finanical Times
About the Author
With a PhD in Sociology from the Chicago University, Sudhir Venkatesh is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard University. He was the recipient of the NSF Career award in 2000. The Economist gave him the award of Best Book for his title, Gang Leader For A Day. It is now being translated into a host of languages from Chinese to Portuguese. Among his other works are The Underground Economy Of The Urban Poor and American Project: The Rise And Fall Of A Modern Ghetto. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.See all Description for Gang Leader For A Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes To The Streets
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It bears a striking similarity to the parallel economy in India that operates in large slums like dharavi.Wherver low income housing has been done in the heart of the city,it has uplifted lives of low income households as they have access to employment as maids, drivers and their children have an opportunity to access good education
Very well put forth...
It's a deeply thought provoking read and makes one think more deeply about the way of life most poor adopt. The myopic view of life seems more justified when one looks at the unpredictable nature of their existence. One can almost sympathize with the poor’s decision to forego legit work in favour of drug trade not only for the money it brings in but also for the status and protection that comes with being a member of a gang. The line between moral and immoral is burred for the poor. Between the choice of food for an empty stomach and a moral code, assuaging the hunger always wins. The lack of acceptance the people from these projects face outside makes many of them turn back to the housing projects. But among all the chaos, we find order in the most unlikely places. For e.g. the author discovers that the structure of these street gangs is just as sophisticated as any other business organization with tiers of hierarchy. Adding to that, the insistence of the gangs to project themselves to be more altruistic than they actually are and being a part of the mainstream project community by indulging in various noncriminal ventures in order to increase the ease of doing business. These ghettos are like an under developed country within a developed one- corruption, middlemen, laws being broken with impunity, bribery etc. are elements one wouldn't usually associate with the US.
It is a fast paced book but the almost apathetic nature of the researcher leaves me with mixed feelings.
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