Sudhir Venkatesh, acclaimed sociologist at Columbia college and writer of Gang chief for a Day, returns to the streets to attach the dots of recent York’s divergent financial worlds and crack the code of the city’s underground economic climate. in line with Venkatesh’s interviews with prostitutes and socialites, immigrants and teachers, excessive finish drug bosses and street-level purchasers, Floating City exposes the underground because the city’s actual engine of social transformation and monetary prosperity—revealing a totally exceptional imaginative and prescient of recent York.
A memoir of sociological research, Floating City attracts from Venkatesh’s decade of study in the prosperous groups of higher East part socialites and Midtown businessmen, the drug gangs of Harlem and the intercourse employees of Brooklyn, the artists of Tribeca and the escort companies of Hell’s Kitchen. Venkatesh arrived within the urban after his groundbreaking examine in Chicago, the place crime remained stubbornly neighborhood: gangs caught to their housing initiatives and criminals stayed on their corners. yet in Floating City, Venkatesh discovers that New York’s underground economic climate unites rather than divides population: an enormous community of “off the books” transactions linking the low and high worlds of the town. Venkatesh indicates how dealing in medications and intercourse and undocumented hard work bridges the traditional divides among wealthy and bad, unmasking a urban knit jointly through the invisible threads of the underground economy.
Venkatesh heavily follows a dozen New Yorkers locked within the underground financial system. His maximum advisor is Shine, an African American drug boss established in Harlem who hopes to damage into the elusive, upscale cocaine industry. with no connections between prosperous whites, Shine undertakes an audacious crusade of self-reinvention, forsaking the certainties of race and sophistication with the entire force of the best marketers. As Shine explains to Venkatesh, “This is long island! We’re like hummingbirds, guy. We cross flower to flower. . . . right here, you want to float.”
Floating urban: A Rogue Sociologist misplaced and located in New York’s Underground Economy chronicles Venkatesh’s decade of discovery and loss within the transferring terrain of latest York, the place examine topics may perhaps disappear all at once and new allies emerge accidentally, the place shut pals may well show themselves to be criminals of the bottom order. Propelled by means of Venkatesh’s various interviews and firsthand learn, Floating City at its middle is a narrative of 1 guy suffering to appreciate a fancy international urban continuously within the throes of becoming.
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