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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Elijah Anderson explores Philadelphia’s ‘cosmopolitan canopies’

Elijah Anderson explores Philadelphia’s ‘cosmopolitan canopies’

The “cosmopolitan canopy” in Rittenhouse Square. Photo courtesy of Elijah Anderson

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The latest census found Philadelphia the nation’s 9th most segregated metropolitan area in the United States. But there are still many places that bring people together, and it is those meeting grounds that Yale sociologist ELIJAH ANDERSON focuses on in his new book, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life. From hospital waiting rooms to off-track betting parlors to Reading Terminal Market to Rittenhouse Square, Anderson’s research investigates the complex interplay in urban semi-public spaces in the city he previously explored in Code of the Street and Streetwise.

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