The Cosmopolitan Canopy

Race and Civility in Everyday Life

Elijah Anderson (Author, Yale University)


An acclaimed sociologist illuminates the public life of an American city, offering a major reinterpretation of the racial dynamics in America.

Elijah Anderson, called "one of our best urban ethnographers" by the New York Times Book Review, introduces the concept of the "cosmopolitan canopy": the urban islands of civility amid segregated ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • March 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34051-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Fascinating sociology and people-watching at its profound best.” — Booklist

“Anderson's nuanced treatment of 'the social dynamics of racial inequality' and his precise observations . . . offer immediate pleasure.” — Publishers Weekly

“Vintage Elijah Anderson—original, creative, engaging, and thought-provoking . . . . This book is a must-read.” — William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

“The most important book on race relations in many years.” — Randall Collins, president, American Sociological Association

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