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Fom a Reason.com, “Sex, Drugs, and Sociology”,  by J.D. Tuccille, a review of Sudhir Venkatesh’s book, “Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy”

The hard data is mostly published elsewhere, though there are enough numbers here to reveal that if prohibitionist efforts against drugs and prostitution ever came close to success, New York’s economy would be devastated. Floating City is primarily of interest, though, for its insights into the culture and people of New York’s illicit markets-a group that includes Venkatesh himself, whose observer status is colored by moralistic biases and a shambolic personal life, and is compromised by his close interactions with his subjects.


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