Download E-books Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy PDF

Long island is a urban of highs and lows, the place prosperous elites percentage the streets with determined immigrants and destitute locals. Bridging this fiscal divide is New York’s underground financial system, the invisible community of illicit transactions among wealthy and negative that secretly weaves jointly the entire city.

Sudhir Venkatesh, acclaimed sociologist at Columbia collage and writer of Gang chief for a Day, returns to the streets to attach the dots of latest York’s divergent fiscal worlds and crack the code of the city’s underground economic system. in keeping 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 real engine of social transformation and financial prosperity—revealing a totally remarkable imaginative and prescient of recent York.

A memoir of sociological research, Floating City attracts from Venkatesh’s decade of analysis 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 study 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 system unites rather than divides population: an unlimited community of “off the books” transactions linking the low and high worlds of the town. Venkatesh exhibits how dealing in medications and intercourse and undocumented hard work bridges the normal divides among wealthy and negative, unmasking a urban knit jointly through the invisible threads of the underground economy.

Venkatesh heavily follows a dozen New Yorkers locked within the underground economic climate. His maximum consultant is Shine, an African American drug boss dependent in Harlem who hopes to damage into the elusive, upscale cocaine industry. with out connections between filthy rich whites, Shine undertakes an audacious crusade of self-reinvention, forsaking the certainties of race and sophistication with all of the force of the best marketers. As Shine explains to Venkatesh, “This is big apple! We’re like hummingbirds, guy. We move 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 matters could disappear without warning and new allies emerge unintentionally, the place shut neighbors may possibly demonstrate themselves to be criminals of the bottom order. Propelled via Venkatesh’s a variety of interviews and firsthand examine, Floating City at its center is a narrative of 1 guy suffering to appreciate a posh international urban always within the throes of changing into.

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Download E-books Praying for Sheetrock: A Work of Nonfiction PDF

By Melissa Fay Greene

Finalist for the 1991 nationwide ebook Award and a brand new York occasions awesome ebook, Praying for Sheetrock is the tale of McIntosh County, a small, remoted, and gorgeous position at the flowery coast of Georgia--and a county the place, within the Nineteen Seventies, the white sheriff nonetheless wielded all of the strength, controlling every little thing and everyone. one way or the other the sweeping adjustments of the civil rights move controlled to circumvent McIntosh solely. It took one uneducated, unemployed black guy, Thurnell Alston, to problem the sheriff and his courthouse gang--and to alter the way of living during this group eternally. "An inspiring and soaking up account of the fight for human dignity and racial equality" (Coretta Scott King)

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Download E-books Shifting Positionalities: The Local and International Geo-politics of Surveillance and Policing PDF

By Maria Amelia Viteri, Aaron Tobler

The local-level and overseas members of 'Shifting Positionalities' surround specific universal subject matters via in-depth social technology study to be able to comprehend the meanings of the reformulation of kingdom discourses and practices during this post-9/11 period. present conjunctions among sexual, racial and ethnic identities - and the surveillance practices of these identities - demands an intensive exam of the a number of and typically unforeseen meaning-making practices tailored by way of members. faraway from being predictable, the latter speaks to the potential of participants and groups using innovations of actively resisting - in place of passively embracing - the policing in their day-by-day lives. 'Shifting Positionalities: The neighborhood and overseas Geo-Politics of Surveillance and Policing' addresses surveillance and policing as practices and websites that talk to some of the ways that bio-power, displacement and resistance converge to represent specific subjectivities throughout borders.

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Download E-books HalfWit And All Man PDF

By Peter Rodman

Seventy or so brief humor essays initially released within the Suttertown News.

The man's canines got here working around the backyard at me, barking and snarling. They stopped inches from my face and persisted barking until eventually their proprietor whistled them off.

They could have been Dobermans or Labradors, I don't take into accout. All I take into accout is status very nonetheless, huge pointed the teeth, undesirable puppy breath, barking without delay in my ears, and the truth that every time they barked, puppy spit hit me on my face, my hair, and my shoulders. I don't imagine I rainy myself.

Later I be mindful the fellow speaking approximately it. He stated, "Not a lot aspect in having watchdogs, if they're now not trained," and "People need to research early the best way lifestyles is." i feel the final remark was once directed at me as an early individual.

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Download E-books The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements PDF

The Blackwell better half to Social Movements is a compilation of unique, cutting-edge essays through across the world famous students on an array of issues within the box of social circulate stories.

• includes unique, state of the art essays by means of the world over well-known scholars
• Covers a big selection of subject matters within the box of social circulation studies
• encompasses a worthy creation by way of the editors which maps the sphere, and is helping situate the examine of social activities inside of different disciplines
• contains insurance of ancient, political, and cultural contexts; management; organizational dynamics; social networks and participation; results and results; and case experiences of significant social movements
• deals the main entire dialogue of social hobbies available

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Download E-books The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind PDF

By Bruce Bawer

Revered writer, critic, and essayist Bruce Bawer—whose prior e-book, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within, was once a New York Times bestseller and a countrywide e-book Critics Circle Award finalist—now bargains a trenchant and sweeping critique of the sorry kingdom of upper schooling because the campus revolutions of the past due ’60s and early ’70s. In The sufferers’ Revolution, Bawer incisively contends that the increase of identity-based university classes and disciplines (Women’s experiences, Black reviews, homosexual reviews, etc.) 40 years in the past has led to an impoverishment of notion and common political confusion, whereas filling the brains of scholars with politically right mush. well timed, arguable, and brilliantly argued, Bawer’s The sufferers’ Revolution is critical examining for college students, educators, and an individual inquisitive about the modern challenge in academia—a severe and significant paintings that stands with different crucial books at the topic, like The Shadow University by means of Alan Kors, Illiberal Education via Dinesh D’Souza, and  Allan Bloom’s The last of the yank Mind.

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Download E-books The Sociology Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) PDF

By DK Publishing

The Sociology Book from DK is an creation to the topic that tells you all approximately what society is and what makes it tick. With greater than a hundred principles from the world's most famous sociologists, overlaying subject matters as assorted because the results of globalization; problems with equality, variety, id, and human rights; the function of associations; and the increase of city residing in glossy society, this ebook information the entire key suggestions of sociological thought.

- a part of an award-winning sequence that makes use of an leading edge photo process and artistic use of typography to elucidate hard-to-grasp strategies and clarify vast ideas
- Explores sociological theories formulated via greater than a hundred recognized sociologists, from Jane Addams to Sharon Zukin
- effortless to navigate step by step summaries clarify each one suggestion in a nutshell
- Biographies of key sociologists and social activists supply a historic context to every idea
- A listing of social thinkers contains extra biographies of sociologists from world wide

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Download E-books 7 millions de travailleurs pauvres : La face cachée des temps modernes PDF

By Jacques Cotta

Plus de 7 thousands de salariés perçoivent un salaire inférieur à 722 euros par mois et se trouvent dans l'incapacité de se nourrir, de se loger ou de s'habiller décemment, de même que leur famille. Plus de 12 hundreds of thousands ont moins de 843 euros de revenu mensuel. Plus de three sans home fixe sur 10 ont un boulot à temps complet, partiel ou précaire, gagnent souvent entre 900 et 1300 euros, et cherchent pourtant soir après soir où dormir... Entre los angeles moitié et les deux ranges des femmes qui travaillent ont un contrat au sigle étrange - CES, CIE, CEC... -, touchent moins de 750 euros par mois, ont un enfant, vivent seules ou avec un conjoint au chômage et forment ninety % des familles monoparentales...

Nous voilà dans le monde des travailleurs pauvres!

Alors que jamais le can pay n'a été aussi riche - le PIB est en development constante depuis les années 1990 -, l. a. précarité s'est développée sur un mode exponentiel. En dix ans, l'intérim a augmenté de one hundred thirty percent, le nombre de CDD de 60 percent, les CDI de seulement 2 percent. Plus d'un million de personnes bénéficient du RMI, plus de 500000 de l'allocation solidarité.

Cela n'arrive qu'aux autres? Erreur! Tout le monde peut être concerné du jour au lendemain après un drame body of workers, un événement familial, un licenciement... Au cours de cette enquête, dans los angeles lignée du Peuple d'en bas de Jack London ou de Dans l. a. dèche à Paris et à Londres de George Orwell, Jacques Colla a rencontré des personnes qui le savent bien: André, ancien prof surdiplômé, Éric, assureur autodidacte, Jean-François, boucher charcutier, Yves, coiffeur dans l. a. marine reconverti sur l. a. terre ferme, Étienne, informaticien recyclé dans le gardiennage, Roland, manutentionnaire, Jean, jardinier... Autant de travailleurs dont on n'aurait jamais soupçonné, au optimum abord, qu'ils pouvaient être touchés par cette nouvelle pauvreté. Ils avaient une famille, une maison, pignon sur rue, et ils ont tout perdu.

Le sujet dérange. Hommes politiques et médias n'en parlent que rarement. Tout au plus comptabilise-t-on, en hiver, les morts de froid, en les présentant comme des «SDF», sans autre précision. Puis l'information est reléguée au moment plan.

Le thème sera sans doute au coeur des débats dans los angeles point of view des élections de 2007. L'occasion, donc, de poser quelques questions à ceux qui nous gouvernent ou qui en ont l'ambition...

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Download E-books A Social History of Knowledge, Volume 2: From the Encyclopaedia to Wikipedia PDF

By Peter Burke

Peter Burke follows up his magisterial Social heritage of information, picking out up the place the 1st quantity left off round 1750 on the booklet of the French Encyclopédie and following the tale via to Wikipedia. just like the past quantity, it deals a social heritage (or a retrospective sociology of information) within the experience that it focuses no longer on participants yet on teams, associations, collective practices and normal trends.
The ebook is split into three elements. the 1st argues that actions which seem to be undying - collecting wisdom, analysing, disseminating and using it - are in truth time-bound and take assorted types in numerous sessions and locations. the second one half attempts to counter the tendency to jot down a triumphalist historical past of the 'growth' of information via discussing losses of data and the cost of specialization. The 3rd half bargains geographical, sociological and chronological overviews, contrasting the event of centres and peripheries and arguing that every of the most developments of the interval - professionalization, secularization, nationalization, democratization, and so forth, coexisted and interacted with its opposite.

As ever, Peter Burke offers a breath-taking diversity of scholarship in prose of exemplary readability and accessibility. This hugely expected moment quantity could be crucial examining around the humanities and social sciences.

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