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Unformatted text preview: Rob Rhodes Z102980 Sociology 381 Assignment 3 The code of the streets is based upon having and maintaining respect. Respect can be gained from standing up for yourself with violence or by using violence to gain something of value (as in the case of robbing or mugging people). Respect can be lost by not using violence to protect your self or others. An example of this would be someone from a home with decent values just ignoring an insult or allowing another to rob him. People who lose enough respect can become easy targets because they do not react violently. Conversely, those who consistently act out violently are respected more and are not easy targets. Robbers do not get robbed, and street fighters are not the favorite targets of bullies. So, this means that if a person has enough respect, they can avoid being harassed by others. According to Elijah Anderson the two most important causes of the emergence of the code of the streets are the lack of a means to make it legitimately and the socialization of the...
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This note was uploaded on 07/15/2008 for the course SOCI 381 taught by Professor Burchfield during the Spring '08 term at Northern Illinois University.
- Spring '08