Code of the Street (Paperback)

Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City

By Elijah Anderson

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393320787, 352pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2000

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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.