Streetwise by Elijah Anderson
Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community

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In a powerful, revealing portrait of city life, Anderson explores the dilemma of both blacks and whites, the underclass and the middle class, caught up in the new struggle not only for common ground—prime real estate in a racially changing neighborhood—but for shared moral community. Blacks and whites from a variety of backgrounds speak candidly about their lives, their differences, and their battle for viable communities.

"The sharpness of his observations and the simple clarity of his prose recommend his book far beyond an academic audience. Vivid, unflinching, finely observed, Streetwise is a powerful and intensely frightening picture of the inner city."—Tamar Jacoby, New York Times Book Review

"The book is without peer in the urban sociology literature. . . . A first-rate piece of social science, and a very good read."—Glenn C. Loury, Washington Times

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 August 9, 2013 by University of Chicago Press. 276 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Anderson focuses mostly on Northton and the negative aspects of drugs, violence, sexual codes, poverty, and ""street wisdom""--that state of mind that enables residents to ""know 'how to behave' in uncertain public places."" While the Village remodels and real, state values increase, Northton con...

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In this ethnographic study of an anonymous Eastern urban community he calls Village-Northton, Anderson delineates the multifaceted elements that form a neighborhood in transition.

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