Managing Blackness in "White Space"

39th Annual Norman Glickman Lecture in Urban Studies: Elijah Anderson

210 South 34th Street (The School of Design Building)

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Elijah Anderson is the Sterling Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University, and a pioneer urban ethnographer. Professor Anderson's lecture draws from his most recent book, Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life, in which he draws on his long time study of race and culture to explore the racial barriers still firmly entrenched in our society at every class level. Anderson focuses in on symbolic racism, a new form of racism in America caused by the stubbornly powerful stereotype of the ghetto embedded in anti-Black prejudice, which subjectively connects all Black people with crime and poverty regardless of their social or economic position.

Professor Anderson's publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), winner of the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology; and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner (1978; 2nd ed., 2003); The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life was published by WW Norton in 2011. Anderson’s most recent ethnographic work, Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2022. Additionally, Professor Anderson is the recipient of the 2017 Merit Award from the Eastern Sociological Society and three prestigious awards from the American Sociological Association, including the 2013 Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, the 2018 W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, and the 2021 Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2021 winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology.


The Norman Glickman Annual Lecture in Urban Studies is supported by a gift from the program's founder, Prof. Norman Glickman, his wife Elyse Pivnick, and URBS alum William Witte.