What is sociological research about? It is about “finding a pig that speaks”

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As a Chicago sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh had internalized the idea that the Chicago style of urban living was universal, that everybody stayed in their neighborhoods segregated by race and class and that their children lived the same way passing down these patterns generation after generation. Studying New York City from the perspective of coming from Chicago, would you still find a global city when you look at the alleyways? As a sociologist how do you make sense of a city where people move and cross boundaries of neighborhoods? The video shows the “Global Voices Author Lecture” with Sudhir Venkatesh on his book “Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy
”, on November 13, 2013, University of Chicago Assembly Hall, closing his talk with a message for everybody who is curious to know what sociology is about: It is about “finding a pig that speaks”.

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