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The Con Men: Hustling in New York City

The Con Men: Hustling in New York City (Hardback)

By Williams, Terry
By Milton, Trevor B.

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Selling bootleg goods, playing the numbers, squatting rent-free, scamming tourists with bogus stories, selling knockoffs on Canal Street, and crafting Ponzi schemes--this vivid account of hustling in New York City explores the sociological reasons why con artists play the game, a...nd the psychological dynamics they exploit to win it. Terry Williams and Trevor B. Milton, two prominent sociologists and ethnographers, spent years with New York con artists to uncover their secrets. The result is an unprecedented view into how con games operate, whether in back alleys and side streets or in police precincts and Wall Street boiler rooms. This book is not only an absorbing read but also a sophisticated study of how con artists use verbal persuasion, physical misdirection, and sheer charm to convince others to do what they want. Williams and Milton examine how street hustling is an act of performance art and find meaning in the methods con artists use to exact bounty from unsuspecting tourists and ordinary New Yorkers alike. They explore the personal experiences and influences that create a successful hustler, building a portrait of unusual emotional and psychological depth. Their work offers a new take on structure and opportunity, showing how the unique urban and social architecture of New York City lends itself to the perfect con.
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ISBN 9780231170826
Released NZ 15 Sep 2015
Publisher Columbia University Press
Format Hardback
Alternate Format(s) View All (1 other possible title(s) available)
Language English (translated from: English)
Series Studies in Transgression
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ISBN-13 9780231170826
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 Sep 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Williams, Terry
By Milton, Trevor B.
Series Studies in Transgression
Category Social Institutions
Crime & Criminology
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 364.163097471
Weight 510g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Police - New York (State) - New York, Criminals - New York (State) - New York, Crime - New York (State) - New York
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly