Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (Google eBook)
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.
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Review: Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner CityUser Review - Lee (Rocky) - Goodreads
This book is an ethnography of the black inner city of Philadelphia. The first half of the book is very general, and full of assertions that are pretty obvious to anyone who knows just a little bit of ... Read full review
Review: Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner CityUser Review - Aaron Fuller - Goodreads
Excellent. Digs past the usual stereotypes of urban culture and digs into the cultural values and assumptions. Read full review