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

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

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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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

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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

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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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