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The Con Men: Hustling in New York City

The Con Men: Hustling in New York City (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Williams, Terry
By Milton, Trevor B.

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This vivid account of hustling in New York City explores the sociological reasons why con artists play their game and the psychological tricks they use to win it. Terry Williams and Trevor B. Milton, two prominent sociologists and ethnographers, spent years with New York con arti...sts 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. Whether it's selling bootleg goods, playing the numbers, squatting rent-free, scamming tourists with bogus stories, selling knockoffs on Canal Street, or crafting Ponzi schemes, con artists use verbal persuasion, physical misdirection, and sheer charm to convince others to do what they want. Williams and Milton examine this act of performance art and find meaning in its methods to exact bounty from unsuspecting tourists and ordinary New Yorkers alike. Through their sophisticated exploration of the personal experiences and influences that create a successful hustler, they build a portrait of unusual emotional and psychological depth. Their work also offers a new take on structure and opportunity, showing how the city's unique urban and social architecture lends itself to the perfect con.
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ISBN 9780231170833
Released NZ 15 Aug 2017
Publisher Columbia University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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 9780231170833
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 Aug 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Williams, Terry
By Milton, Trevor B.
Series Studies in Transgression
Category Social & Cultural History
Social Classes
Urban Communities
Crime & Criminology
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code 364.16309747
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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