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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The Police and the Black Male 8. Monica Oliva rated it really liked it Jan 09, To ask other readers questions about Streetwiseplease sign up. University of Chicago Press: Jan 16, Renato rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bernarda Lucija rated it really liked it Sep 16, Feb 05, Raf rated it really liked it.

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Despite writing inwhich makes some of his arguments incomplete in hindsight, Anderson makes a compelling case that many of the present-day social problems affecting African Americans, from police violence to criminal justice dysfunction, are rooted very much in those initial structural changes, and the misguided public reaction to them. A thorough exploration of a difficult subject, based on years of living in a transitional neighborhood, wonderful interviews and scholarly reflection.

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. Blacks and whites from a variety of backgrounds speak candidly about their lives, their di In a powerful, revealing portrait of city life, Anderson explores the dilemma of both blacks and whites, the underclass and the middle class, caught up in the new struggle not only for common ground—prime real estate in a racially changing neighborhood—but for shared moral community.


A tiny bit stuffy, even though it was published in 92 its got a strange 80’s feel. Anderson examines the relationships and interactions between the people in the Village and those in the ghetto Northton as well as the cultural practices and conflicts between Black, Whites, and Asians.

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

Anderson reveals how real estate and property values impact communities once black people “move in” as well as the injustice that occurs within real estate markets that utilize the black culture as a means to make financial decisions. It entails being able to decipher the various codes, behaviours and symbols of the street and in turn, send the appropriate signals andersno the situation requires.

Moral Politics George Lakoff. Jennie rated it liked it Jul 20, ASA – Robert E. The Village Setting 2.


Nov 20, PJ rated it really liked it. Jorji Abalde rated it it was amazing Jul 13, Streetwise is a wonderful, seminal work of urban ethnography that helped define the discipline and changed our understanding of poverty and racism in an American city. Sep 07, Rafael Suleiman rated it really liked it. A first-rate piece of social science, and a very good read.

Where 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.

Yea rated it really liked it Apr 16, Architecture for the Poor Hassan Fathy. The issues that Streetwise delve into are interesting – I found the discussion on the impact of crack on the community, the addictiveness of crack and how rapidly it can wreak havoc on an individual and the community particularly vivid and affecting.

Streetwise | Elijah Anderson

The Northton Community 3. I’d first heard about Anderson’s Streetwise in a sociology elljah, 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”. Case study of the slow gentrification of a Philadelphia neighbordhood adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania.


Books by Elijah Anderson. Want to Read saving…. In the Shadow of the Ghetto 6. Nov streeteise, James rated it did not like it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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As it turns out, Streetwise, contrary to what its title suggests although the subtitle notes that the book is about “Race, Class and Change in an Urban Community”is really an ethnographic study of two communities in the so-called Eastern City probably Philadelphia that Anderson code-names the Village and Northton.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Blacks and whites from a variety of backgrounds speak candidly about their lives, their differences, and their battle for viable communities.

Jayde rated it it was ok Nov 13, 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. Set in Philadelphia but could be any major city. Betty rated it it was amazing Feb 04, Each chapter in the book seemed to stand on its own when tighter links could have been drawn between the chapters; after all, the issues they deal with – drugs, sex codes and family life, security concerns, etc – are interlinked.

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Sociology book about gentrification and racism in a Philadelphia neighborhood.