Injury and Resilience in Gangland Chicago

Laurence Ralph spent time in the heart of gangland Chicago and came away with a new understanding of the challenges that the residents face.

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Laurence Ralph, a 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, went to great lengths to truly understand the problems that plague inner-city Chicago. He took the bold step of moving into one of the most afflicted neighborhoods, and his book, Renegade Dreams, is an eye-opening read about his experience.

"There’s been a long legacy of gang research in Chicago. As researchers we’re not always aware of what that legacy means for the people in those communities who have been the subject of the research."

Q&A: Laurence Ralph on Injury and Resilience in Gangland Chicago