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.

Author: Anderson, Elijah
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Illustration: n
Language: ENG
Title: Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City
Pages: 00352 (Encrypted EPUB)
On Sale: 2000-09-17
SKU-13/ISBN: 9780393320787
Category: Social Science : Sociology – Urban
Category: Social Science : Ethnic Studies – African American Studies –

17.95 USD