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Floating City - a book by Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi

Floating City

A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy

Floating City( )
Author: Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi
ISBN:978-1-59420-416-6
Publication Date:Sep 2013
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Imprint:Penguin Press HC, The
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $27.95
Book Description:

"[A] fascinating X-ray of the city...Venkatesh''s engrossing narrative dissects the intricacies of illegal commerce." --Publishers Weekly (STARRED review) New York is a city of highs and lows, where wealthy elites share the streets with desperate immigrants and destitute locals. Bridging this economic divide is New York’s underground economy, the invisible network of illicit transactions between rich and poor that secretly weaves together the whole...
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Book Details
Pages:304
Detailed Subjects: Business & Economics / Economics / General
Social Science / Sociology / Urban
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.5 x 9.5 x 1 Inches
Book Weight:1.188 Pounds
Author Biography
Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi (Author)


Sudhir Venkatesh is William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology at Columbia University in the City of New York. He is a researcher and writer on urban neighborhoods in the United States (New York, Chicago) and Paris, France. He is also a documentary film-maker. His most recent book is Gang Leader for a Day. In 2006 he also published Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor about illegal economies in Chicago. Off the Books received a Best Book Award from Slate.Com (2006) as well as the C. Wright Mills Award (2007). His first book, American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto (2000) explored life in Chicago public housing.

He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University from 1996-1999. He is currently Director of the Center for Urban Research and Policy, and Director of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship Program, both at Columbia University. 030

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