Sociologists study how human societies operate from both the inside and out. Normally you may also expect them to be behind desks collecting data through volunteers and performing generally professional sounding jobs; however, this is certainly not the case. Many study the more dangerous & disturbing sectors of society through a heavily hands-on routine. This sociologist found himself inside the heart of gang while doing some surveys during his graduate study and found a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Sudhir Venjatesh a graduate student at the University of Chicago who was working with William Julius Wilson dove
Here he also befriended a man known as J.T. who was the leader of the men threatening him. From this moment on began Sudhir’s decade long journey into the depths of the gang’s activities and life. During this time he participated in various activities that are both questionable and could possibly be considered felonies. Crimes that could send him to years in prison, with his relationship with J.T. he was even put in charge of the J.T.’s empire for a day and held its assignments and responsibilities. During his day of power he controlled squadrons of gang soldiers as he dealt crack cocaine; all while
If you’d like to reach more he has a book explaining his gang adventure called “Gang leader for a day: Rouge sociologist takes to the streets, by Sudhir Venkatesh”
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