Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

by Sudhir Venkatesh | Audiobooks |
ISBN: 006157113X Global Overview for this book
Registered by msjoanna of Columbia, Missouri USA on 9/1/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by msjoanna from Columbia, Missouri USA on Sunday, September 01, 2013
Unabridged audiobook on 7 CDs, 8.5 hrs, read by Reg Rogers
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Reg Rogers's mix of distance and emotion is a perfect vehicle for the author's story of his experiences as a young Chicago sociologist who hangs with the Black Kings gang to understand the role of poverty in their lives. Sudir rides the waves of day-to-day events. One day he's impressed by the sense of community among the gang members; the next he's horrified by the beating of an elderly man. Before long he's wondering how to carry out his research without becoming involved. Rogers's voice particularly animates people of authority. Ms. Bailey, an elderly woman who has controlled neighborhood situations for three decades, sounds ready to take action. Gang leader J.T. comes across as brusque, clipped, and menacing.

Journal Entry 2 by msjoanna at Columbia, Missouri USA on Friday, December 19, 2014
I enjoyed this book, which reads like sociology lite. The author is almost unbelievably stupid during his initial research into the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago, but I believe he just might have been as naive as he says, and perhaps as lacking in self-reflection as well. The author shows up to do a research project by asking people "How does it feel to be Black and poor?" He reports that he actually believed this might be a valid project that would yield results. Throughout the book, the author reflects on his own lack of awareness, but he never delves more deeply into self reflection than merely pointing out that he felt conflicted sometimes. Venkatesh is not a beautiful writer, but he has an interesting story to tell here and it was worth reading.

Journal Entry 3 by msjoanna at Columbia, Missouri USA on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (1/21/2015 UTC) at Columbia, Missouri USA


In the mail via iwillrejoice's audiobook VBB.

Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, February 05, 2015
Received today as part of iwillrejoice's Audiobook VBB - thank you!

Journal Entry 5 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Reserved for iwillrejoice's Audiobook VBB (round 21).

Journal Entry 6 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, May 30, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (5/30/2015 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA


Finally got a good box for mailing this in, so it's headed for Oklahoma as part of iwillrejoice's Audiobook VBB.

Journal Entry 7 by wingMoody-Bluewing at Meers, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, June 04, 2015
Thank you, ladies!

Journal Entry 8 by wingMoody-Bluewing at Meers, Oklahoma USA on Monday, September 14, 2015
I found this fascinating from beginning to end because I love books that expose me to lifestyles I couldn't possibly comprehend from my rural Oklahoma armchair. Venkatesh does a great job of covering many facets of a huge problem: gangs/drugs in inner-city projects in Chicago. Not everyone will be interested in this book, but they should read it anyway because what our world needs is a bit more understanding and empathy.

My only complaint is that I wasn't in love with the audiobook narration by Reg Rogers. The author's own section at the end was much easier to listen to.

Journal Entry 9 by wingMoody-Bluewing at Meers, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Released 4 yrs ago (1/14/2016 UTC) at Meers, Oklahoma USA


One of my contributions to Big John Lefty's Other AudioBookBox, round 1

Journal Entry 10 by weiterferne at Houston, Texas USA on Friday, January 29, 2016
Found this in BigJohn Lefty's Audio Book Box. I read about this in Freakonomics and wondered who would do such research. I am keen to hear the whole story.

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