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

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

Written by: Elijah Anderson

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  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: 2000-09-17
  • ISBN-10: 0393070387
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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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