youth is due to the influence of street tradition or ‘code’ that stipulate reactions that are violent to acts of disrespect and interpersonal attacks (Anderson, 92). Observations of Anderson offer valuable into the challenge of youth violence. Anderson study further examines the influence of neighborhood street tradition on violent delinquency. First it helps to understand whether the tradition of the neighborhood street show adolescent violence beyond and above the adolescent own values of street code. Second, examines whether the traditions moderates personal-level values of street code on violence by adolescents. The effect of values of street code on violence grows in neighborhoods that endorse street culture.
Code of Street by Anderson is an ethnographic detail of violence in the street in the African communities that are at disadvantage. Code of Street combines elements of loyalty, honor, and respect (Anderson, 104). The code is an informal system manages the interaction in the poor neighborhoods. It appears as a subculture managing behavior especially violence in the economically poor, crime and drug abuse infested society. The consequence of unemployment, and racism in the society, African Americans in the inner city have to by the code as a way of surviving. For a person to assert himself in the subculture, he or she requires and insistent demeanor. Elijah outlines self-presentation importance when developing a person’s social identity in the society. The code emphasizes that a person can gain others respect by building a tough image. The defining of a person’s image acts as an essential role on the perception of a person, as well as respect in the society (Anderson, 109). Not everyone can embody tough persona or street-orientation.
The terms ‘street’ or ‘ghetto’ and ‘decent’ signify the social types (Anderson, 122). Anderson gives distinction between “street families” and “decent families” within the community of inner city