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 - 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 CityUser 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