Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 17, 2000 - Social Science - 352 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City

User Review  - Aaron Fuller - Goodreads

Excellent. Digs past the usual stereotypes of urban culture and digs into the cultural values and assumptions. Read full review

Review: Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

An education book about life in gangs, violence, poor neighborhood codition, prostitution and drugs. Some part is not appropriate, a bit graphic. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Elijah Anderson holds the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professorship in Sociology at Yale University, where he teaches and directs the Urban Ethnography Project. His most prominent works include the award-winning books Code of the Street and Streetwise. He lives in New Haven and Philadelphia.

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