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Rhetorical Analysis Presentation (Gang Leader for a Day)
Transcript of Rhetorical Analysis Presentation (Gang Leader for a Day)
Venkatesh targets government officials and those with legal power to do something about the situation in slums like those present in
Gang Leader for a Day
Venkatesh also targets those that want to help but think that tearing down the housing projects is the best way to go about it.
"As part of my heavy course load at the U of C, I began attending seminars where professors parsed the classical sociological questions..."
"In the media all you heard were politicians' promises to help CHA tenants forge a better life... Meanwhile, the lowest-ranking members of society got pushed even lower."
"I resented the fact that the standard tools of sociologists seemed powerless to prevent the hardships I was seeing."
Friday, May 29, 2015
By: Tristan Williams
Gang Leader for a Day
Publication Date: January 2008
What question(s) does this book answer?
How do the gangs and people living in the projects get along?
What question(s) does this book raise?
Why don't people aid these people who are suffering?
Why does the government think the gang members would rather have low-paying jobs compared to the high profits of drug trafficking?
Question(s) to the author.
Does helping the poor blacks in these communities make other classes suffer economically?
Why didn't you do more when you lived around the area of the projects?
Do you think anything can be done to help them find new housing?
by Sudhir Venkatesh
Rhetorical Analysis Presentation
Sudhir Venkatesh claims that the poor African Americans living in the housing projects of Chicago are neglected by the government. This causes them to resort to crime, like drug trafficking, to get by.
Venkatesh also claims that the poor parts and gangs of Chicago are all part of a larger community, instead of the gangs being detrimental to the community due to the massive amount of drug trade and violence within the gang.