Thursday, May 15, 2008

‘Proper way to study people’

Gang Leader for a Day
Sudhir Venkatesh
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Black and poor?

Entrenched poverty, domestic violence, the prevalence of guns, and such other sociological issues in the community didn’t interest Sudhir Venkatesh. As a research student in the University of Chicago, he wanted to study in-depth the Black Kings crack gang, but inside out, not outside in.
“The field of sociology had long been divided into two camps: those who use quantitative and statistical techniques and those who study life by direct observation, often living among a group of people,” he writes in Gang Leader for a Day.


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