Vocabulary Post #1 – “The Hood”

30 Apr

hood – ho͝od

  • a community in which people have lost the habit of being neighborly. i.e. “they took the ‘neighbor’ out of the ‘hood'” (h/t @DJReezey)
  • generally applied to geographic areas of varying size which are perceived as being low-income, and high-crime
  • often used in the context of denigration and fear. e.g. “don’t go through there, that’s the hood”
  • typically hood communities are under substantial economic stress (see: Wilson, Massey & Denton)

Suggested Reading: “Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City ” by Eliot Anderson

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