By Sudhir Venkatesh
"[A] interesting X-ray of the city...Venkatesh's engrossing narrative dissects the intricacies of unlawful commerce." --Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)
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 financial worlds and crack the code of the city’s underground financial system. in accordance with Venkatesh’s interviews with prostitutes and socialites, immigrants and teachers, excessive finish drug bosses and street-level buyers, Floating City exposes the underground because the city’s real engine of social transformation and financial prosperityrevealing a totally unparalleled 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 facet socialites and Midtown businessmen, the drug gangs of Harlem and the intercourse staff 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 town. Venkatesh indicates how dealing in medicines and intercourse and undocumented exertions bridges the traditional divides among wealthy and bad, unmasking a urban knit jointly through the invisible threads of the underground economy.
Planting himself squarely inside this unexplored international, Venkatesh heavily follows a dozen New Yorkers locked within the underground economic climate. Bangledeshi store clerks like Manjun and Santosh navigate vast networks of unlawful items and companies, connecting inquisitive travelers with intercourse staff and drug purchasers. Hispanic prostitutes like Angela and Carla think safe adequate within the new urban to go away their outdated neighborhoods in the back of in pursuit of larger funds, but abandon the entire security they'd while their consumers have been recognized locals. wealthy uptown girls like Analise and Brittany have the altering urban at their beck and contact, yet either flip to intercourse paintings as a good way to make ends meet with no hoping on their kin fortunes. Venkatesh’s maximum consultant is Shine, an African American drug boss established in Harlem who hopes to wreck into the elusive, upscale cocaine marketplace. with no connections between prosperous 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 manhattan! We’re like hummingbirds, guy. We pass flower to flower. . . . the following, you must 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 may possibly disappear by surprise and new allies emerge accidentally, the place shut neighbors may possibly demonstrate themselves to be criminals of the bottom order. Propelled via Venkatesh’s quite a few interviews and firsthand learn, Floating City at its center is a narrative of 1 guy suffering to appreciate a posh international urban regularly within the throes of becoming.
"Venkatesh brings to lifestyles the underground economic climate of latest York, the place wealthy and terrible and ranging ethnicities and backgrounds meet and serve as whereas they float.” An enlightening book."
"Displays a piercing feel of empathy and skill to translate dry sociological rules into an realizing of the tough lives of the city poor... Venkatesh has confirmed a novel voice in city sociology, and his immersive examine and insights stay penetrating and unique."
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