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Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner Cityby Elijah Anderson
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Inner-city black America is often stereotyped as a place of random violence; in fact, violence in the inner city is regulated through an informal but well-known code of the street. How you dress, talk, and behave can have life-or-death consequences, with young people particularly at risk. The most powerful force counteracting this code and its reign of terror is the strong, loving, decent family, and we meet many heroic figures in the course of this narrative. Unfortunately, the culture of the street thrives and often defeats decency because it controls public spaces, so that individuals with higher, better aspirations are often entangled in the code and its self-destructive behaviors. Writing in the tradition of Jane Jacobs and William Julius Wilson, the
Unsparing and important. . . . An informative, clearheaded and sobering book.--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post (1999 Critic's Choice)
Provides an in-depth, insider's look at the life of inner-city black America by delving into the codes that exist among peers and the overwhelming control the code has had continuously on the community throughout recent times. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
About the Author
'Elijah Andersonis the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the New York Times Book Review. He lives in New Haven and Philadelphia.'
Table of Contents
Down Germantown Avenue — Decent and street families — Campaigning for respect — Drugs, violence, and street crime — The mating game — The decent daddy — The black inner-city grandmother in transition — John Turner's story — The conversion of a role model: looking for Mr. Johnson.
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