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

At first glance, Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a Day looks something like a spin-off television show. Venkatesh was featured in Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt’s bestselling Freakonomics as the sociologist who befriended gang leaders and got revealing economic information from them. In Gang Leader for a Day, he takes on the moniker “rogue sociologist” and, like Dubner and Levitt, tries to communicate his academic pursuit to a general audience.

 

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