Code of the Streets<br />Ryan Huelsmann<br />ShemurahHardiman<br />
The Code<br />Poverty stricken inner city black community<br />Code is based on norms of this subculture and is rather inf...
Decent vs. Street<br />Decent-moral, religious, belief that hard work, respectful, cordial<br />This group is a majority o...
Oppositional Culture<br />Subculture who consciously reject mainstream values and norms <br />Not everyone is totally inve...
Juice<br />Juice equals respect, a highly valued commodity under the code<br />Based on everything from clothes you wear t...
Economics of Juice<br />Plus or Increase<br />Expensive clothes and other bling <br />Stealing such items <br />Acquiring ...
Zero-Sum Quality<br />Important aspect of this give-and-take<br />The extent to which one person can raise himself depends...
“Going for Bad”<br />Cavalier attitude for death<br />Believe and accept they can DIE violently at any time<br />Results i...
Vicious Circle<br />Many young African-Americans have assumed a Street demeanor while embracing a moderate way of life<br ...
Discussion Question<br />How does the code of the streets compare to other more well known codes?<br />Ex. Code of Honor (...
Discussion Questions<br />Is Hernando Washington Decent or Street?<br />Does he show elements of both?<br />In your judgme...
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This presentation sums up a case study of sociological aspescts behind crime in Chicago. One case in particular where Afican-American Hernando Washington raped a caucasian woman.

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Code Of The Streets

  1. 1. Code of the Streets<br />Ryan Huelsmann<br />ShemurahHardiman<br />
  2. 2. The Code<br />Poverty stricken inner city black community<br />Code is based on norms of this subculture and is rather informal<br />Focuses on the value of respect <br />Revolves around presentation of self<br />Major Concept: The Strong Survive<br />
  3. 3. Decent vs. Street<br />Decent-moral, religious, belief that hard work, respectful, cordial<br />This group is a majority of families and residents<br />Street-self-destructive behavior, drug addicted or alcoholics, angry, violent<br />A minority but still powerful, highly influential<br />Making it an oppositional culture<br />
  4. 4. Oppositional Culture<br />Subculture who consciously reject mainstream values and norms <br />Not everyone is totally invested in the Code<br />They have other ways of earning respect<br />Doing good work<br />Getting good grades<br />Working hard at your job or career<br />
  5. 5. Juice<br />Juice equals respect, a highly valued commodity under the code<br />Based on everything from clothes you wear to stealing anything that will elevate your status<br />Main point don’t show weakness<br />
  6. 6. Economics of Juice<br />Plus or Increase<br />Expensive clothes and other bling <br />Stealing such items <br />Acquiring any type of trophy<br />Successful attempts at pay back and revenge<br />Minus or Decrease<br />Getting insulted or dissed<br />Having expensive items stolen from you <br />Losing a trophy<br />Running away or retreating from a fight<br />
  7. 7. Zero-Sum Quality<br />Important aspect of this give-and-take<br />The extent to which one person can raise himself depends on his ability to put another person down<br />The more you hurt, the more you rise<br />
  8. 8. “Going for Bad”<br />Cavalier attitude for death<br />Believe and accept they can DIE violently at any time<br />Results in no fear of police or prison<br />Because it can enhance their reputation<br />
  9. 9. Vicious Circle<br />Many young African-Americans have assumed a Street demeanor while embracing a moderate way of life<br />These are decent people trying to raise families in nonviolent lifestyle, but racism and unemployment drives them back to violent ways of the Code<br />Depending on situation, they can slip back and forth from Decent to Street<br />Unless this cycle is broken, casualties will be claimed everywhere including black and white as well as poor and affluent<br />
  10. 10. Discussion Question<br />How does the code of the streets compare to other more well known codes?<br />Ex. Code of Honor (Like King Arthur’s Knights)<br />Code of Ethics for a business<br /> Pirate’s Code (parlay anyone?) <br />
  11. 11. Discussion Questions<br />Is Hernando Washington Decent or Street?<br />Does he show elements of both?<br />In your judgment are young men from more “middle class” cultural settings at all preoccupied with earning respect? <br />How do young men in middle-class culture earn the respect of others and prove themselves to be “manly”?<br />

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