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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Doesn’t appear sympathetic elojah fear of sexual assault and coping strategies to avoid it. 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. 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.

But I felt that the book could have been structured more tightly. It shouldn’t have taken me this long, but sociological nonfiction studies are not my preferred genre.

Streetwise | Elijah Anderson

Mary Ann rated it liked it Oct 12, Some of this is a bit dated, but it’s still relevant to urban life today. In the Shadow of the Ghetto 6. Jennie rated it liked it Jul 20, Yea rated it really liked it Apr 16, Lists with This Book. The Village Setting 2. Sociology book about gentrification and racism in a Philadelphia neighborhood. The Impact of Drugs 4.

Return to Book Page. Jayde rated it it was ok Nov 13, You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. Amber rated it really liked it Dec 18, Jan 20, Morgan rated it it was ok Shelves: The author was a Penn professor when he wrote the book, so as you 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.


I will scan his bibliography, though, and save that for adnerson readings. A first-rate piece of social science, and a very good read. Everyday actions such as dog walking, greeting styles and attire have deep social and cultural meaning in such a context, and Anderson is masterful in extracting insights from these commonplace moments.

Moral Politics George Lakoff. A tiny bit stuffy, even though it was published streetsise 92 its got a strange 80’s feel. 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.

Much of the focus of Streetwise is actually on Northton, with the Village making the odd cameo in the book after its appearance in Chapter 1 of the book titled “The Village Setting” and Chapter 5 “In dlijah Shadow of the Ghetto”.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Streetwise explores the different facets of life in Village-Northton – the changing demographics of the two neighbourhoods, the impact of drugs in the Northton ghetto, sex, family and public safety, streetwisee one chapter of the book is devoted to the topic of street etiquette and street wisdom.

Sep 07, Rafael Suleiman rated it really liked it. An in-depth look at urban race and class issues, especially gentrification.


There’s firsthand accounts by the community members that don’t really add much to the book; but I did like the way gender, race, and class distinctions are sharply investigated and deconstructed here.

University of Chicago Press: Anderson additionally examines the socioeconomic impact and hopelessness that exists in the ghetto, creating a ghetto culture of its own. The author was a Penn professor when he wrote the book, so as you can imagine it both downplayed and put a positive spin on the University’s central and controversial role in the inevitable gentrification. Blacks and whites from a variety of backgrounds speak candidly about their lives, their differences, and their battle for viable communities.

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 one’s path to accommodate oncoming pedestrians on the sidewalk, etc.

Want to Read saving…. Streetwise is, in sum, an indispensable book to help us understand the inner city. 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.

Jan 02, Jamel Cato added it Shelves: Jan 16, Renato rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ytje rated it it was amazing Oct 03,