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- Full Title: Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
- When Written: The early 2000s
- Where Written: Chicago, Cambridge (Ma.), New York City
- When Published: 2008
- Literary Period: 21st-century non-fiction, Contemporary sociology
- Genre: Sociology (in “general-interest” form); memoir
- Setting: the South Side of Chicago, mostly in and around the Robert Taylor Homes housing projects
- Climax: Sudhir kicks a man named Bee-Bee in the Homes, who was accused of beating his girlfriend – thus allowing other members of the Black Kings to apprehend him and beat him, as punishment.
- Point of View: first-person
Extra Credit for Gang Leader for a Day
Dissertation. Venkatesh’s dissertation was published by Harvard University Press in 2002 and is entitled American Project. It contains more in-depth and statistically-rigorous discussions of some of the material featured in Gang Leader for a Day.