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Summer Reading

7 July 2011
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This does not mean that there is no moral core, only that moral righteousness in the form of absolute lines of demarcation between right and wrong are not possible— nor advisable if the point is to keep meeting the needs of the household.

That is from Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor by Sudhir Venkatesh, a professor of sociology at Columbia University. A description of the book from Harvard U Press:

Sudhir Venkatesh has spent years living and working among the urban poor in an effort to understand how people live amid poverty and how they survive when the government is not available to regulate economic exchange. His new book, Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, takes us into Maquis Park, a poor black neighborhood on Chicago’s Southside, to explore the ways in which its residents struggle to earn enough money to survive.

I first read about Venkatesh’s work on a blog I used to read and a friend had this book on his summer reading bleg.

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