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

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Do gangs like the Mafia, Bloods, Latin Kings, etc have sit downs/official meetings where they go “ok, what illegal stuff are we going to do this week?”
A New York Times Bestseller Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty–and impress his professors with his boldness. He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded…

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Do gangs like the Mafia, Bloods, Latin Kings, etc have sit downs/official meetings where they go “ok, what illegal stuff are we going to do this week?”(r/NoStupidQuestions)

There aren’t as many very large, highly organized gangs as there were in the 80’s and 90’s. Those functioned more like a black market business. The goal was to make money, gain territory, and move up in the hierarchy.

Now that a lot of the head guys were taken down, the gangs splintered and are much smaller, and less organized. In Chicago where I live, gang territories are very small and gangs run a corner, but the whole south side or north side isn’t split between the People and Folks, across the line. There is tons of infighting between cliques that are technically affiliated with the same larger group.

Gang leaders are not as often powerful black market CEOs, but more than likely an 18 or 19 year old kid running a group of 20 kids.

Dismantling the gangs in the 90’s actually really increased violent crime in the city, because the focus is no longer on making money. There aren’t level headed guys at the top telling people to quit it with petty violence, because body counts are bad for business.

Most homicides in Chicago are not related to the drug trade, but to some little slight or disrespect,…

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Sudhir Venkatesh

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Penguin Books

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