Sudhir Venkatesh offers an opportunity for readers to see deep inside a Chicago’s gang and the world in which the members live, as well as people outside the gang that interact with them. The book depicts the harsh gang reality full of brutality, poverty but also everyday aid and support which amalgamate relations within the whole community. The book is also very well written and I couldn’t put it down.
As I was reading, I feared it might not have a real conclusion, but it does. I was really amazed at just how complete the book really is. It gave me new perspectives to think through and I gained new insights into urban life in poor areas. It’s the kind of book which won’t easily be forgotten.
An exceptional piece of writing. Definitely worth to read.
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
by Sudhir Venkatesh
Complexity of ideas
Size: 302 pages
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