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

Ny is a urban of highs and lows, the place filthy rich elites proportion the streets with determined immigrants and destitute locals. Bridging this financial divide is New York’s underground financial system, the invisible community of illicit transactions among wealthy and bad that secretly weaves jointly the full city.

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 monetary worlds and crack the code of the city’s underground financial system. according to Venkatesh’s interviews with prostitutes and socialites, immigrants and lecturers, excessive finish drug bosses and street-level purchasers, Floating City exposes the underground because the city’s real engine of social transformation and monetary prosperity—revealing a unconditionally extraordinary imaginative and prescient of latest 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 prone of Hell’s Kitchen. Venkatesh arrived within the urban after his groundbreaking learn 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 town. Venkatesh indicates how dealing in medicinal drugs and intercourse and undocumented hard work bridges the normal 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 economic system. His maximum consultant is Shine, an African American drug boss established 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, abandoning 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 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 moving terrain of recent York, the place learn matters may disappear by surprise and new allies emerge unintentionally, the place shut buddies may possibly show themselves to be criminals of the bottom order. Propelled through Venkatesh’s quite a few interviews and firsthand learn, Floating City at its middle is a narrative of 1 guy suffering to appreciate a posh worldwide urban continuously within the throes of turning into.

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Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream

By Benjamin Hunnicutt

Has the "American Dream" develop into an unrealistic utopian delusion, or have we easily forgotten what we're operating for? In his topical e-book, Free Time, Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt examines the best way that growth, as soon as outlined as extra of the good stuff in existence in addition to extra unfastened time to get pleasure from them, has grow to be understood purely as financial development and extra paintings, forevermore.

Hunnicutt offers an incisive highbrow, cultural, and political heritage of the unique "American Dream" from the colonial days to the current. Taking his cue from Walt Whitman's "higher progress," he follows the strains of that dream, cataloging the myriad voices that ready for and lived in a gap "realm of freedom."

Free Time reminds americans of the forgotten, better part of the "American Dream"-that increasingly more of our lives should be lived freely, with an enriching relations lifestyles, with extra time to get pleasure from nature, friendship, and the adventures of the brain and of the spirit.

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Max Weber: Collected Methodological Writings (Weber in Translation)

Weber’s methodological writings shape the bedrock of key rules around the social sciences. His dialogue of price freedom and price dedication, causality, figuring out and rationalization, thought construction and perfect forms were of basic significance, and their effect continues to be undiminished this day. those principles impact the present learn perform of sociologists, historians, economists and political scientists and are primary to debates within the philosophy of social technology. yet, before, Weber's large writings on method have lacked a entire publication.

Edited by way of of the world's prime Weber scholars, gathered Methodological Writings will supply a very new, actual and trustworthy translation of Weber’s broad output, together with formerly untranslated letters. Accompanying editorial observation explains the context of, and interconnections among, these kind of writings, and extra helpful good points include a thesaurus of German phrases and an English key, endnotes, bibliography, and individual and topic indexes.

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The Early Information Society: Information Management in Britain Before the Computer

By Alistair Black, Dave Muddiman, Helen Plant

Even if termed the 'network society', the 'knowledge society' or the 'information society', it really is extensively permitted new age has dawned, unveiled by way of strong desktop and communique applied sciences. but for millenia people were recording wisdom and tradition, accomplishing the dissemination and renovation of data. In "The Early info Society", the authors argue for an past incarnation of the knowledge age, focusing upon the interval 1900-1960. In aid of this they study the background and traditions in Britain of 2 separate yet similar information-rich occupations - info administration and knowledge technology - repositioning their origins ahead of the age of the pc and picking out the forces riding their early improvement. "The Early info Society" bargains an historic account which questions the newness of the present info society. will probably be crucial studying for college students, researchers and practitioners within the library and data technology box, and for sociologists and historians drawn to the knowledge society.

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Praying for Sheetrock: A Work of Nonfiction

By Melissa Fay Greene

Finalist for the 1991 nationwide booklet Award and a brand new York occasions outstanding booklet, 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. by some means the sweeping alterations of the civil rights circulate controlled to avoid McIntosh fullyyt. 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 endlessly. "An inspiring and soaking up account of the fight for human dignity and racial equality" (Coretta Scott King)

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Thunder on the Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets Behind Big Coal

By Peter A. Galuszka

"Scathing exposé of the coal industry."
--The big apple instances booklet Review

On April five, 2010, an explosion ripped via Massey Energy's top immense department Mine, killing twenty-nine coal miners. This tragedy was once the deadliest mine catastrophe within the usa in 40 years―a catastrophe that by no means must have occurred. those deaths have been rooted within the cynical company tradition of Massey and its infamous former CEO Don Blankenship, and have been a part of an never-ending cycle of poverty, exploitation, and environmental abuse that has ruled the Appalachian coalfields considering coal was once first came upon there. And the cycle keeps unabated as coal businesses bury the main insidious risks deep underground, all looking for greater gains, and conceal the real bills from regulators, unions, and traders alike.

But the catastrophe at top large department is going past the coalfields of West Virginia. It casts an international shadow, calling into sour query why coal miners within the usa are sacrificed to erect towns at the different facet of the area, why the coal wars were allowed to rage, polarizing the rustic, and the way the world's voracious urge for food for strength is happy at such horrendous cost.

With Thunder at the Mountain, Peter A. Galuszka items jointly the genuine tale of greed and negligence at the back of the tragedy on the top significant department Mine, and in doing so he has created a devastating portrait of a complete that exposes the coal-black motivations that ended in the loss of life of twenty-nine miners and gasoline the continued battle for the world's power future.

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Social Class in the 21st Century

By Mike Savage

A clean tackle social category from the specialists in the back of the BBC's 'Great British classification Survey'. Why does social type topic greater than ever in Britain at the present time? How has the which means of sophistication replaced? What does this suggest for social mobility and inequality? during this booklet Mike Savage and the workforce of sociologists answerable for the good British type Survey glance past the labels to discover how and why our society is altering and what this implies for the folks who locate themselves within the margins in addition to within the centre. Their new conceptualization of sophistication relies at the distribution of 3 varieties of capital - fiscal (inequalities in source of revenue and wealth), social (the other kinds of individuals we all know) and cultural (the ways that our relaxation and cultural personal tastes are specific) - and offers incontrovertible proof that classification is as strong and proper at the present time as it is ever been.

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Community: Seeking Safety in an Insecure World (Themes for the 21st Century Series)

By Zygmunt Bauman

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'Community' is a type of phrases that feels reliable: it really is reliable 'to have a community', 'to be in a community'. And 'community' feels solid as a result of the meanings which the notice conveys, them all promising pleasures, and as a rule the type of pleasures which we want to event yet appear to miss.

'Community' conveys identical to a hot and comfy position, like a fire at which we hot our arms on a frosty day. available in the market, on the street, every type of hazards lie in ambush; in the following, in the neighborhood, we will sit back and consider secure. 'Community' stands for the type of international which we lengthy to inhabit yet which isn't, unfortunately, to be had to us. this day 'community' is one other identify for paradise misplaced - yet for a paradise which we nonetheless wish to discover, as we feverishly look for the roads that can lead us there.

But there's a fee to be paid for the privilege of being in a group. neighborhood can provide protection yet turns out to deprive us of freedom, of the best to be ourselves. safety and freedom are both necessary and coveted values which can be balanced to a point, yet hardly totally reconciled. the strain among safeguard and freedom, and among neighborhood and individuality, is not likely ever to be resolved. we won't break out the limitation yet we will take inventory of the possibilities and the risks, and at the least try and keep away from repeating prior errors.

In this significant new booklet, Zygmunt Bauman takes inventory of those possibilities and risks and, in his precise and marvelous style, bargains a much-needed reappraisal of an idea that has turn into principal to present debates in regards to the nature and way forward for our societies.

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Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist

By Richard Rhodes

Why do a little males, ladies or even youngsters attack, batter, rape, mutilate and homicide? In his lovely new e-book, the Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Rhodes presents a startling and persuasive answer.

Why They Killexplores the discoveries of a maverick American criminologist, Dr. Lonnie Athens -- himself the kid of a violent relations -- which problem traditional theories approximately violent habit. through interviewing violent criminals in felony, Dr. Athens has pointed out a trend of social improvement universal to all heavily violent humans -- a four-stage strategy he calls "violentization":
-- First, brutalization: a teen is pressured through violence or the specter of violence to undergo an competitive authority determine; he witnesses the violent subjugation of intimates, and the authority determine coaches him to exploit violence to settle disputes.
-- moment, belligerency: The dispirited topic, decided to avoid his extra violent subjugation, heeds his trainer and resolves to lodge to violence.
-- 3rd, violent performances: His violent reaction to provocation succeeds, and he reads admire and worry within the eyes of others.
-- Fourth, virulency: Exultant, he determines any longer to make use of severe violence as a way of facing humans -- and he bonds with others who think as he does.

Since all 4 levels needs to be absolutely skilled in series and accomplished to provide a violent person, we see how intervening to break the method can hinder a sad outcome.

Rhodes helps Athens's thought with old facts and indicates the way it explains such violent careers as these of Perry Smith (the killer important to Truman Capote's narrative In chilly Blood), Mike Tyson, "preppy rapist" Alex Kelly, and Lee Harvey Oswald.

Why They Kill demanding situations with devastating proof the speculation that violent habit is impulsive, unconsciously prompted and predetermined. It bargains compelling insights into the bad, ongoing obstacle of felony violence that plagues households, neighborhoods, towns and faculties.

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