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Virginia CastilloEnglish 12MidtermInGang Leader for a Dayby Sudhir Venkatesh The story of a naive graduate student And an intense research of more than a decade working with gangs and researching the members of an urban community in the projects of Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago led him to get familiarized with the community The authors main goal was to map out how the underground economy in the projects worked In todays society little things have changed starting from the fact that gangs have increased and the poverty of the country itself has decreased In this book its relevant to say that that poverty has brought about the many struggles that communities face to survive in a world where a lot is promised but not given Central to that economy is the utter failure of official institutions to support a humane life I believe there is a strong need for these communities to have a head superior to which they can turn to for help For example in Gang Leader for a Day we had role models that the members of Robert Taylor looked up to like Ms Bailey or even the street gang member JT Who of course werent the official Chicago police but were the only thing the neighborhood had to defend themselves from criminals and such other damages It is strictly important for urban neighborhoods were gangs are rising to have protection Not because we know these are poor neighborhoods and their usual stereotypes but because there is a immense need for order and people need to feel that they are safeIt is hard for an outsider to know what is like to live in a neighborhood where nothing is given JT once said with people like us you should hang out get to know what we do how we do it you need to understand how young people live on the streetsP21 Therefore meaning that you
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