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Civil Rights Book Club: 'Gang Leader for a Day' by Sudhir Venkatesh

October 30, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

"Gang Leader for a Day" is a fascinating story of how young sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh spent seven years documenting gang life and culture in Chicago after meeting and befriending a gang leader named JT.

Venkatesh's story of his complicated relationship with JT and his unique access to the inner workings of the gang provides the reader with an unvarnished, often surprising, portrait that destroys many popular assumptions about gangs and gang members.

The Civil Rights Book Club aims to provide context and provoke discussion about today's top social justice concerns. Each week, we profile a book, a movie, or other media that represent the diversity of the contemporary social justice movement. You can help support The Leadership Conference by purchasing Book Club selections through the Amazon.com link on our website.

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