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

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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I found this book while looking for something else. What a great find. I volunteer with two organizations which operate on the Southside of Chicago. I do have some 'street experience'. But this book ... Read full review

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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

Contents

Preface
3
Down Germantown Avenue
9
Decent and Street Families
29
Campaigning for Respect
60
Drugs Violence and Street Crime
101
The Mating Game
136
The Decent Daddy
173
The Black InnerCity Grandmother in Transition
200
John Turners Story
231
The Conversion of a Role Model Looking for Mr Johnson
284
Notes
320
Bibliography
327
Index
337
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About the author (2000)

Elijah Anderson is Sterling Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University. 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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