Through the rigorous impairments that are placed upon poor inner-city communities, the most pressing factors are the inner-violence and constant aggression. By allowing such displacement to happen within the inner cities, their habits are eventually spread throughout nearing regions causing residential areas to partake in this type of culture. “Code of the Street” written by Elijah Anderson, has given much emphasis on the exceeding problems that young adults and children are facing through their years of early development within poor, forgotten communities. Anderson refers street culture as a form of law followed by and respected by everyone who lives within these communities, it is called a code of the streets.
This code is a form of rules that are established for allowing deviant behavior and offers a sense of ranking. Even though these communities do part-take in this code, there still are decent families living within the area that oppose the values of the code. The rules have been established and are enforced mainly by the streets; everybody understands what will occur if the rules are violated. Knowledge of the code is thus largely defensive; it is necessary for operating in public. Realistically, despite being opposed to such a code, they often do encourage family members to understand the rules and make use of certain marks if necessary. This is done solely to minimize the amount of harm that could be done to decent families. Within reviewing the disadvantages that families in such troublesome environments face, the idea of family has been shifted and divided into to two factors.
Families are labeled as “decent” and “street”. Decent families apply more effort in attempting to implement manners that are considered morally correct. Decent parents tend to be strict in their practice of encouraging children to respect authority and walk a straight moral line. The parents understand the amount of sacrifice that is needed for implementing these behaviors in a community where violence is used as a stepping stone on determining ones’ rank. In opposition to decent family morals, street parents display a lack of consideration for others and lack the physical and emotional characteristics necessary for raising young children in such living situations. This type of family is more invested in the values of the code of the street.
By the street parents being more accepting of such misbehavior, they gradually accept their children into this type of lifestyle. This allows the code of the street to consistently effect the lives of each new generation entering these poor-inner communities. With new generations getting involved with the deviant behaviors on the streets before even being admitted into school. On the streets, children have already made friends that become their source of social bonds. If the other children are also accepting of the street code they are in more danger of becoming part of some type of violence or trouble. By allowing young children to partake within the code of the street, by the time they arrive to school, each child will be using any type of life experience such as knowledge and forms of observation to implement at school.
With the code being well known and expressed constantly, children will implement such behavior on school grounds and may receive penalties for doing so. In addition to this type of behavior, older students who once were in the shoes of the younger generation had also implemented the code to their daily life style. Younger students will witness how the older generations express themselves and will try to imply that knowledge to their lifestyle. By the time these children enter their teenage year and with boys in particular’ they are trying to understand what it means to be considered a man. The code plays a substantial part in giving teenagers an idea of what it means to be a man.
The code of the street revolves solely around ones’ self. It infers that manhood is based upon respect and within the street your reputation, acknowledgement from others and the amount of fear that one has implied on their peers all give rise to where your rank would be.