Code of the Street by Elijah Anderson
Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City

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Unsparing and important. . . . An informative, clearheaded and sobering book.—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post (1999 Critic's Choice)


Inner-city black America is often stereotyped as a place of random violence, but in fact, violence in the inner city is regulated through an informal but well-known code of the street. This unwritten set of rules—based largely on an individual's ability to command respect—is a powerful and pervasive form of etiquette, governing the way in which people learn to negotiate public spaces. Elijah Anderson's incisive book delineates the code and examines it as a response to the lack of jobs that pay a living wage, to the stigma of race, to rampant drug use, to alienation and lack of hope.
 

About Elijah Anderson

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Elijah Anderson is the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of sociology, and director of the Philadelphia ethnography project at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "Code of the Street and Streetwise: Race, Class," and "Change in an Urban Community," the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.
 
Published September 17, 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company. 352 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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