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Columbia’s Gang Scholar
Lives on the Edge

New York Times, by Ariel Kaminer

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Posted By:PageTurner, 12/2/2012 9:39:50 AM

FROM his earliest days as a graduate student, Sudhir Venkatesh did things differently. He came to sociology by way of math, not by the social sciences. He was an Indian-American Deadhead from Southern California who wore a ponytail and tie-dyed shirts. He stuck out. Today, he is a celebrity in an otherwise low-key academic field — a star on campus, an influential public intellectual, a sought-after speaker. The hardcover of his best-selling book, “Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets,” released in 2008,

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A charmed life. Radical-chic never had it so good. The rich liberals support this fraud no matter what he does.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: hillarysnightmare, 12/2/2012 10:58:13 AM     (No. 9044400)

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/2/2012 10:59:46 AM     (No. 9044403)

Back in the late 1960s, I handled research grants for a major university, and had the opportunity to try to rein in the spending of various faculty members with federal grants as well as foundation grants. I also made a point of reading every proposal, and every final report.
Based on my experience, limited to one university, I concluded that most faculty doing research were meticulous in the ways they spent the research money. But some were not.
Those who were not were located in the social sciences most often.
In addition, from that experience, plus my own academic experience, I conclude that ´objective´ data are sometimes manufactured by the researcher. But almost never in the hard sciences, since research results must be able to be replicated. And that is not the case in much of social science.
This fellow seems to be one of those who would fit into my experience as noted above.

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