The ‘code of the street’ and the generation of street violence in the UK

Fiona Brookman, Trevor Bennett, Andy Hochstetler, Heith Copes

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    Just over 10 years ago, Anderson (1999) published Code of the Street, which described a behavioural code that both generated and regulated street violence in the inner-city suburbs of Philadelphia. Since then, there has been some research conducted in the United States that has tested further the concept of a street code, but little similar work in Europe exists. In this paper, we explore narratives of incidents of street violence provided by convicted violent offenders. Examples are given of violence that appears to have the characteristics of code-following of the kind described by Anderson (1999). The paper notes the potential importance of the existence of a ‘code of the street’ in the United Kingdom in understanding and responding to street violence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17 - 31
    Number of pages14
    JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


    • code of the street
    • street culture
    • street violence


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