Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Street Gangs (But Didn’t Know Whom to Ask)

We recently solicited your questions about street gangs for Sudhir Venkatesh, the then-grad student we wrote about in Freakonomics who is now a professor of sociology at Columbia. His answers...

The Gang Tax

...to combat gangs, this is one of the latest efforts to outmaneuver gang members. Other similar initiatives have included: city ordinances that limit two or more gang members from hanging...

Ask the Gang Guy: Q&A With Sudhir Venkatesh

...gang in Chicago for several years. He and the gang met cute, sort of: while administering a door-to-door survey, Venkatesh stumbled upon some junior members of the gang and was...

KFC's Service Might Be Bad in the Restaurants, But It Knows How to Fill Potholes

...a little bit of one of the gang leaders Sudhir Venkatesh used to hang out with. This gang leader spent a lot of time and effort cultivating community support. Gang...

Sudhir Venkatesh Is More Than Just a Crack-Gang Expert

Sudhir Venkatesh, the then-grad student who hung out for several years with a Chicago crack-selling gang, and who is the star of Chapter 3 in Freakonomics, knows an awful lot...

A Book I Absolutely Loved: Gang Leader For A Day

...How many folks do you know who watch The Wire with high-ranking gang members? His new book, Gang Leader for a Day, which hits the stores this week, is as...

SuperFreakonomics Book Club: Ask Sudhir Venkatesh About Street Prostitution

...Steve Levitt about the economics of a crack-selling gang. (He did a Q&A on that topic here; and he wrote a book, Gang Leader for a Day, about that research.)...

How to Gang Up on a Gang Scholar

I am of course biased by my respect for Sudhir Venkatesh and his pathbreaking approach to sociology (even more here), but this Times article about him feels more like an...

How to Be Kidnapped By a Gang, Part II

In Freakonomics, we wrote about how Sudhir Venkatesh, at the time a graduate student in sociology, stumbled across a crack gang who promptly held him hostage until they determined he...

The Truth About Salvadoran Gangs: A Guest Post

...about Salvadoran gangs. It states that gang leaders are now recruiting from the middle classes, exchanging their bandanas for blazers, in an effort to stay ahead of law enforcement. While...