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Off the Books by Sudhir Venkatesh
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Oct 20, 08

Read in May, 2007

After completing his doctorate at the University of Chicago, Venkatesh wrote this book in an effort to describe his experiences with the Urban poor in the South Side of Chicago. While insightful, the organization of the book leaves much to be desired. The messages he takes from his experiences are simple and powerful, but are often over explained leaving the last half of each chapter and especially the last half of the book repetitive and dull.
I would still recommend this book to people who are also exposed to the urban poor as it can help the reader categorize her own experiences and more adeptly recognize those cultural barriers that are easy to overlook.
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