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Bridging Racial Divides In ‘Cosmopolitan Canopies’

Listen to the NPR's  Talk of the Nation Interview. In diverse cities across the nation many Americans have adopted a "pervasive wariness" of one another, says sociologist Elijah Anderson. In his book, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Every Day Life,...

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What Is the Matter With Sociology?

Elijah Anderson's new book points up an identity crisis. By Sudhir Venkatesh In the late 1980s, I fell in love with the discipline of sociology by reading books written by patient, perceptive observers like Elijah Anderson. As I told my father excitedly during my...

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The Pleasures of Urban Cosmopolitanism

Boston.com Racial difference is a constant, even unremarkable presence in city life -- as simple as the way that, as you walk from one neighborhood to another, you're aware of whether or not you "belong." Racial differences, though, aren't always cause for wariness or...

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Philly’s public spaces as a study in civility

philly.com In his new book, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, Elijah Anderson tells of a rainy afternoon at Reading Terminal Market. He was doing what he does best - conducting a bit of folk ethnography. People-watching, in layman's terms....

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The Cosmopolitan Canopy

The Cosmopolitan Canopy RACE AND CIVILITY IN EVERYDAY LIFE Elijah Anderson (Author, Yale University) Overview | Contents | Inside the Book An acclaimed sociologist illuminates the public life of an American city, offering a major reinterpretation of the racial...

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