Laura Gardner's Reviews > Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
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May 22, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: adult, nonfic
Read in May, 2008

This book was awesome but also crazy. Sudhir spent over six years in the projects of Chicago with a gang and the tenants, most of whom are involved in the underground economy in one way or another. He discovered a lot of interesting data about how the underground economy functions in his time as a 'rogue sociologist', but he also put himself in quite a bit of danger. I don't think I'd be quite so naive as to do and say some of the things he did, but who knows. The book reads more like a mini biography of his time in the projects than an expose of life while the book was _fascinating_, I think it could have been written differently/better.

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