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 - Patricia - Goodreads
First off some good stories about things going on in Realities. Second off the stories dragged on way too much at times, repeating the same things! So I give it three stars because great information... But horrible writing in my opinion! Read full review
Review: Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner CityUser Review - Foxmj - Goodreads
This book makes a culture of poverty argument, and takes it too the extreme. There is no analysis. It is littered with conjecture and rumor that ends up casting its subjects in the worst light ... Read full review