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by. Elijah Anderson. · Rating details · ratings · 10 reviews. In a powerful, revealing portrait of city life, Anderson explores the dilemma of both blacks and. The Village-Northton area of Eastern City comes dramatically to life in the pages of Elijah Anderson’s book Streetwise. While the sights, sounds, smells, and. STREETWISE: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community. By ELIJA Comity is a word not often encountered, but Elijah Anderson uses it a l.

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His most prominent works include The Cosmopolitan Canopy and the award-winning books Code xtreetwise the Street and Streetwise. Northton is a ghetto while the Village is a more prosperous, racially mixed community. The Police and the Black Male 8. The only thing weird about this book was the overuse of “quotation marks” for any sort of “slang words” throughout the “book,” it got a bit “tiresome. A brilliant ethnographic study of inner-city America.

Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community

Some of this is a bit dated, but it’s still relevant to urban life today. This treasure of a book is vital today, when the struggles of the poor to adapt to globalization have somehow become associated, in the public consciousness, to the white working class in middle America.

The Black Male in Public 7. Anderson also exposes the relationship between the blacks and the police as well as the different types street etiquette that exist within various neighborhoods.


Shreetwise Streetwise differentiates itself from most other works on poverty is that it is not so much interested in these big picture trends, but rather on how they impact day-to-day lives at the neighbourhood level, through social and cultural norms.

But I felt that the book could have been structured more tightly.


He lives in New Haven and Philadelphia. I found the notions of what Anderson termed “street etiquette” and “street wisdom” intriguing, where “street etiquette” refers to the set of informal rules that govern our behaviour in public – rules like not staring at strangers, subtly adjusting the trajectory of on I’d first heard about Anderson’s Streetwise in a sociology class, when we were discussing how urban dwellers learn to navigate life in the city, learning the steps to perform what Jane Jacobs termed the “intricate sidewalk ballet”.

I finally finished this. A tiny bit stuffy, even though it was published in 92 its got a strange 80’s feel. A thorough exploration of a difficult subject, based on years of living in a transitional neighborhood, wonderful interviews and scholarly reflection.

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Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community by Elijah Anderson

elujah Vivid, unflinching, finely observed, Streetwise is a powerful and intensely frightening picture of the inner city. Laurie Neighbors rated it really liked it Sep 19, You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. The author was a Penn professor when he wrote the book, so as streetwie can imagine it both downplayed and put a positive spin on the University’s central and controversial role Case study of the slow gentrification of a Philadelphia neighbordhood adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania.


Yea rated it really liked it Apr 16, Maybe its what sociologists do, but you get the impression people were talking candidly with the author without knowing they were the subject of a study and their lengthy comments would be published wtreetwise.

All that was a very lengthy introduction to give context as to why I’d picked up Streetwise in the first place and why I was excited to read it.

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Refresh and try again. Want to Read saving…. Anderson additionally examines the socioeconomic impact and hopelessness that exists in the ghetto, creating a ghetto culture of its own. Jan 16, Renato rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dylan rated it really liked it Aug 10, Cody Kral rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Amber rated it really liked it Dec 18, Bernarda Lucija rated it really liked it Sep 16, Set in Philadelphia but could be any major city.