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

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Code Of The Street: Decency, Violence, And The Moral Life Of The Inner City

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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352
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W. W. Norton & Company
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9780393320787
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Published Date
Sep 17, 2000

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