An Embedded Sociologist

June 10, 2008

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Today, we're kicking off an ongoing collaboration with sociologist and documentary filmmaker Greg Scott. For more than a decade, Scott has been hanging out in abandoned warehouses and on street corners to learn about what motivates drug dealers, gang members, prostitutes and thieves. He's captured many of these people's lives and thoughts on tape, and will be sharing their stories with us. Over the next few months, we'll learn about trends in the drug market, violent crimes and sex work, as well as some unlikely drug and gun traders.

The stories are meant to shed some light on these underground subcultures of Chicago, and their broader impact on all of us. A lot of Greg Scott's work will take us into one particular little-known community here in the city of neighborhoods.

Music Button: Juno Reactor, “Tokyo Dub”, from the CD Gods & Monsters, (Metropolis records)