Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City
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 was insightful in helping me understand why the social opposition identity paradigm is so important to those who live by the street code. Mr. Anderson does a tremendous job in detailing how ... Read full review
Code of the street: decency, violence, and the moral life of the inner cityUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Anderson (social science, Univ. of Pennsylvania) examines inner-city street rituals and violence with brilliant narrative style. Senseless violence, the ghetto's conspicuous and ubiquitous feature ... Read full review