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

Elijah Anderson


Unsparing and critical. . . . An informative, clearheaded and sobering book.―Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post (1999 Critic's Choice)

Inner-city black the United States is usually stereotyped as a spot of random violence, yet actually, violence within the internal urban is regulated via an off-the-cuff yet recognized code of the road. This unwritten set of rules―based principally on an individual's skill to command respect―is a strong and pervasive kind of etiquette, governing the best way humans learn how to negotiate public areas. Elijah Anderson's incisive e-book delineates the code and examines it as a reaction to the inability of jobs that pay a residing salary, to the stigma of race, to rampant drug use, to alienation and shortage of wish.

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