Racial Harmony in the City – Inner Compass

Racial Harmony in the City – Inner Compass

Calvin College Video Interview

In some cities, pockets of serenity can be found where people of many races find themselves mingling and enjoying each other’s presence. Yale sociologist Elijah Anderson, author of The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, has studied these public spaces and shares what they reveal about us and our hope as a society. Karen Saupe hosts. (Episode 1306)

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The Cosmopolitan Canopy and Trayvon Martin: Racial Faultlines in American Society

The Cosmopolitan Canopy and Trayvon Martin: Racial Faultlines in American Society

Professor Elijah Anderson, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University, will deliver a lecture on his recent ethnographic work, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life.

May 4, 2012 6:30 p.m.

The racial incorporation process that began with the civil rights movement of the 1960s affected American institutions and the urban environment. Although cities remain segregated by race, African-Americans and other people of color are increasingly present in settings once viewed as off limits to them. Under the “cosmopolitan canopy”—a sheltered place of civil integration in an otherwise segregated society—urban dwellers restrain keep their ethnocentric impulses. Nonetheless, incidents involving race, class, sexual preference, and gender sometimes threaten to destroy civil harmony. Perhaps the most troubling ones arise when Black people act out social roles that others do not expect or accept. These acts draw “color lines” that represent a fundamental fault line in present-day American culture, especially for Black people who experience upward mobility. When such events take place, the effects can be fatal, as was the case for Trayvon Martin. These situations get managed in ways meant to preserve the canopy and thus maintain a veneer of racial civility—at least until the next incident arises. (more…)

Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcomes Elijah Anderson

Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcomes Elijah Anderson

Author Elijah Anderson, “The Cosmopolitan Canopy”
14th & V | Langston Room | April 26,2012 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcomes Elijah Anderson to discuss and sign his new book, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life. Co-sponsored by: Virginia Tech (Urban Affairs and Planning Department), Teaching for Change, Busboys and Poets and A.C.T.O.R (Event is free and open to all)

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