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

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


long island is a urban of highs and lows, the place prosperous elites percentage the streets with determined immigrants and destitute locals. Bridging this financial divide is New York’s underground economic system, the invisible community of illicit transactions among wealthy and terrible that secretly weaves jointly the total 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 economic system. in response to 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 precise engine of social transformation and financial prosperity—revealing a unconditionally extraordinary imaginative and prescient of latest York.

A memoir of sociological research, Floating City attracts from Venkatesh’s decade of study in the prosperous groups of higher East aspect 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 financial system unites rather than divides population: an enormous community of “off the books” transactions linking the low and high worlds of the town. Venkatesh indicates how dealing in medicines and intercourse and undocumented exertions bridges the traditional divides among wealthy and terrible, unmasking a urban knit jointly by means of the invisible threads of the underground economy.

Venkatesh heavily follows a dozen New Yorkers locked within the underground financial system. His maximum advisor is Shine, an African American drug boss established in Harlem who hopes to wreck into the elusive, upscale cocaine industry. with out connections between prosperous whites, Shine undertakes an audacious crusade of self-reinvention, abandoning the certainties of race and sophistication with the entire force of the best marketers. As Shine explains to Venkatesh, “This is ny! 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 moving terrain of recent York, the place examine matters may well disappear all of sudden and new allies emerge accidentally, the place shut buddies may well show themselves to be criminals of the bottom order. Propelled by way of Venkatesh’s a number of interviews and firsthand examine, Floating City at its center is a narrative of 1 guy suffering to appreciate a posh worldwide urban continually within the throes of changing into.

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