Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy :
New York is a city of highs and lows, where wealthy elites share the streets with desperate immigrants and destitute locals. Bridging this economic divide is New Yorkâs underground economy, the invisible network of illicit transactions between rich and poor that secretly weaves together the whole city.
Sudhir Venkatesh, acclaimed sociologist at Columbia University and author of Gang Leader for a Day, returns to the streets to connect the dots of New Yorkâs divergent economic worlds and crack the code of the cityâs underground economy. Based on Venkateshâs interviews with prostitutes and socialites, immigrants and academics, high end drug bosses and street-level dealers, Floating City exposes the underground as the cityâs true engine of social transformation and economic prosperity - revealing a wholly unprecedented vision of New York.NOTE: This is a Scratch and Dent version and accordingly MAY NOT have a dust jacket.