Ny is a urban of highs and lows, the place prosperous elites proportion the streets with determined immigrants and destitute locals. Bridging this monetary divide is New York’s underground economic climate, the invisible community of illicit transactions among wealthy and negative that secretly weaves jointly the complete 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 latest York’s divergent monetary worlds and crack the code of the city’s underground financial system. in keeping with 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 precise engine of social transformation and monetary prosperity—revealing a unconditionally 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 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 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 medicinal drugs and intercourse and undocumented hard work bridges the normal divides among wealthy and bad, unmasking a urban knit jointly via 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 wreck into the elusive, upscale cocaine marketplace. with no connections between filthy rich whites, Shine undertakes an audacious crusade of self-reinvention, forsaking the certainties of race and sophistication with the entire force of the best marketers. As Shine explains to Venkatesh, “This is manhattan! 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 topics could disappear unexpectedly and new allies emerge accidentally, the place shut associates may perhaps show themselves to be criminals of the bottom order. Propelled via Venkatesh’s quite a few interviews and firsthand examine, Floating City at its center is a narrative of 1 guy suffering to appreciate a fancy worldwide urban regularly within the throes of changing into.
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