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Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City Paperback – Abridged, September 17, 2000
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As an African American himself, Anderson moves through the middle- and lower-class Philadelphia neighborhoods with ease, interviewing a variety of subjects, all of whom deal daily with consequences of urban decay--from the high-achieving young woman who had to reject her poorer relatives to better herself, to the former delinquent who tries to go straight after returning from prison. For Anderson, these are the true heroes of Code of the Street: people who overcome the temptations of the streets to help create a better space for the next generation. --Eugene Holley Jr. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a young black man that grew up in a two parent home in suburban Maryland, I was extremely confused when I left my small town for middle school. It was there that I was first exposed to black children with less fortunate financial backgrounds, single parent homes, and low value of education and order. As Anderson explains, even in the suburban regions of Maryland adjacent to D.C. inner city attitudes, styles, trends, and even volatility can be seen in young blacks as a result of 'cultural diffusion'. A phenomenon which has a peculiar property of moving up the socioeconomic ladder in the black community.
What I appreciate about Mr. Anderson's book most is that it has finally helped me to answer the question of 'WHY', which has tormented me for almost 15 years. Why have I found myself to be different than many of my black peers as a young man and an adult when all I wanted was a good education, a good job, and to live a decent life. EVERY person, Black or White who has found themself glaring at the low socioeconomic black community and wondering what is wrong, or quoting Bill Cosby Rhetoric while watching a group of hoodlums bully any and everyone off of the sidewalk, or turning up your nose at a pregnant 19 year old girl yelling at her toddler as she mopes down the sidewalk... YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. Understanding is the beginning of dealing with what has become everyone's problem.
I appreciated that Anderson laid the facts out without playing the blame game. His writing is objective but also compassionate; you can really see *individuals,* not just "black people." I closed the book thinking, "Well, I can't change everything, but with this knowledge I can sure make changes in myself, and at least that's a start." It takes a great book to provide that kind of power and inspiration. Just for that alone, I think every white person should read this book.
So, Bravo, Mr. Anderson! Please continue to write on the subject!
In this very real, very hard hitting account of what happens to generations of people who feel disconnected from the dominant society in which they live, we are given a view of what motivates some of them to continue their lifestyles.
Dr.Anderson's account of the code of the street, does not only include teens, but also, everyone in the community.
I found the concept of "code switching", as well as his personal interviews with both teens and adults, fascinating.
I especially enjoyed his accounts of the day to day lives of several individuals and how they handled their ever growing problems.
All in all, I found the book hard to put down, once I began to read it.
I found that throughout the entire book, Dr. Anderson was always aware that there are no simple answers to the big questions. However, in spite of how dire the situation appears in the inner cities, he does offer some suggestions and hope.
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Important reading regarding the oppositional, anti-white, violent, and hopelessly self-destructive culture of inner-city black America.Published 6 months ago by A.J. MacDonald, Jr.
Great book! In my view, all budding sociologists, or those who are concerned with how and why violent, inner-city society became that way should digest this book, and refer to it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jerry L Dunkley
This book should be required reading for every school district in the country. This book does a great job of explaining the culture of inner cities related to disorder, crime and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by C.P. Monfett