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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want strewtwise read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Streetwise by Elijah Anderson. 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.
Blacks and shreetwise from a variety of backgrounds speak candidly about their lives, their di Elihah 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 anderwon ground—prime real estate in a racially changing neighborhood—but for shared moral community. Blacks and whites from elijau variety of backgrounds speak candidly about their lives, their differences, and their battle for viable communities.
Vivid, unflinching, finely observed, Streetwise is a powerful and intensely frightening picture of the inner city. A first-rate piece of social science, and a very good read. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Streetwiseplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 02, Jamel Cato added it Shelves: Case study of the slow gentrification of aderson Philadelphia neighbordhood andersoon to the University of Pennsylvania.
As a Philadelphia native and one-time resident of this neighborhood, I found the book factually interesting, but inaccurate or silent on a number of important factors that stared non-academics in the face everday. 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.
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The author was a Penn professor when he wrote the book, so as you can stdeetwise it both downplayed and put a positive spin on the University’s central and controversial role in the inevitable gentrification.
Oct 22, Keerthi rated it it was ok. Sep 07, Rafael Suleiman rated it really liked it.
A brilliant ethnographic study of inner-city America. 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 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 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.
It entails being able to decipher the various codes, behaviours and symbols of the street and in turn, send the appropriate signals as the situation requires.
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. 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.
Northton is a ghetto while the Village is a more prosperous, racially mixed community. 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, etc; one chapter of the book is devoted to the topic of street etiquette and street wisdom.
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 streetqise the book titled “The Village Setting” and Chapter 5 “In the Shadow of the Ghetto”. 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. 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.
Still, Anderson’s writing is extremely accessible and he paints a vivid portrait of life in Northton. Jan 16, Renato rated it it was amazing Shelves: Streetwise is anderon wonderful, seminal work of urban ethnography that helped define the discipline and changed our understanding of poverty and racism in an American city. 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.
Streetwise shows how de-industrialization, and znderson subsequent disappearance of a stable and functional labor market for unskilled poor workers, have eroded the social pillars of entire urban neighborhoods. Despite writing inwhich makes some of his arguments incomplete in hindsight, Anderson makes a compelling case that many of the present-day streetwse 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.
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.
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 streetwjse. Streetwise is, in sum, an indispensable book to help us understand the inner city.
It does not judge, nor does it try to glorify poverty — what many others in similar position have done — but it tracks down to a minute level of detail how we have collectively failed to understand, and ultimately assist, those who live in urban poverty. Feb 05, Raf rated it really liked it. Anderson clearly exposes and reveals the race relations between blacks and whites as well as the wealthy, middle class, and poor communities as gentrification increases and expands in American urban areas.
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.
Anderson additionally examines the socioeconomic impact and hopelessness that exists in t Anderson clearly exposes and reveals strfetwise race relations between blacks and whites as well as the wealthy, middle class, and poor communities as gentrification increases and expands in American urban areas. Anderson additionally examines the socioeconomic impact and hopelessness that exists in the ghetto, creating a ghetto culture of its own. 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.
Anderson also exposes the relationship between the blacks and the police as well as the different types street etiquette that exist within various neighborhoods.
Jul 10, b bb bbbb bbbbbbbb rated it it was ok Shelves: Not bad for a dumpster score. Sociology book about gentrification and racism in a Philadelphia neighborhood. It pretty much boils down to – don’t make superficial judgments, evaluate people on their individual merit – but explains why in detail. I learned plenty, it articulated things I knew anecdotally but didn’t understand systematically.
Doesn’t appear sympathetic to fear of sexual assault and coping strategies to avoid it. A tiny bit stuffy, even though it was published in 92 its got a strange 80’s leijah. Maybe its what sociologists do, but you get the impression strertwise were talking candidly with the author without knowing they were the subject of a study and their lengthy comments would be published verbatim. Jan 20, Morgan rated it it was ok Shelves: I finally finished this.
Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community
It shouldn’t have taken me streehwise long, but sociological nonfiction studies are not my preferred genre. There wasn’t a lot I didn’t already know, or assume, but I guess it was nice to have those assumptions validated and reinforced.
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.
Some of this is a bit dated, but it’s still I finally finished this. Some of this is a bit dated, but it’s still relevant to urban life today. I will scan his bibliography, though, and save that for future readings. Nov 20, PJ rated it really liked it. An in-depth look at urban race and class issues, especially gentrification. A thorough exploration of a difficult subject, based on years of living in a transitional neighborhood, wonderful interviews and scholarly reflection.
Set in Philadelphia but could be any major city. 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.
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Elijah Streetwse holds the William Andegson. His most prominent works include The Cosmopolitan Canopy and the award-winning books Code of the Street and Streetwise.
He lives in New Haven and Philadelphia. Books by Elijah Anderson.