NPR logo Off the Books

Books

Off the Books

The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor

by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh

Hardcover, 426 pages, Harvard Univ Pr, List Price: $27.95 |

purchase

Buy Featured Book

Title
Off the Books
Subtitle
The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor
Author
Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Book Summary

The desperate, dangerous, and remarkable ways in which the Marquis Park community on Chicago's Southside survives is explored in this devastating critique of the entrenched poverty so often ignored in America.

NPR stories about Off the Books

Urban Poor Cope with Help from Informal Economy

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/8928346/8931294" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6195673/6195674" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript