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Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market310 pages© 2003 Eric Schlosser What do pornography, marijuana, and migrant labor have in common? They’re all factors in an underground economy, a vast web of cash-heavy transactions barred … Continue reading

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Nickle and Dimed

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America© 2001 Barbara Ehrenreich221 pages In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich asked her editor at Harpers Weekly a question for which neither had an answer: how do people get by on the meager wages … Continue reading

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The Road to Wigan Pier

The Road to Wigan Pier© 1937 George Orwell191 pages, including forward for members of the Left Book Club.  (My own copy: I adore tattered old paperbacks.)        I read this primarily for a European history class taught by … Continue reading

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Off the Books

Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor© 2006 Sudhir Venkatesh426 pages In the spring, I read Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a Day, an analysis of gang life in one of Chicago’s more prominent street gangs, which … Continue reading

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Gang Leader for a Day

Gang Leader for a Day: a Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets© 2008 Sudhir Venkatesh302 pages One of my ways to find reading related to my interests is to visit Amazon and search for books I have read before and … Continue reading

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