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Essays on HBO’s The Wire

David Simon, co-creator of HBO's landmark series The Wire, has acknowledged his debt to the research of William Julius Wilson (Harvard), especially his classic When Work Disappears.  In this feature, Wilson himself assesses The Wire in collaboration with Anmol Chaddha.  With discussions by Patrick Jagoda, Kenneth Warren and Linda Williams, and a response by Chaddha and Wilson.

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Anmol Chaddha and William Julius Wilson, "Way Down in the Hole: Systematic Urban Inequality and The Wire"

Patrick Jagoda, "Wired"

Kenneth W. Warren, "Sociology and The Wire"

Linda Williams, "Ethnographic Imaginary: The Genesis and Genius of The Wire"

Chaddha and Wilson, "The Wire’s Impact: A Rejoinder"