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Race Canopies

race canopies
  • Cover or provide with a canopy
  • (canopy) the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
  • (canopy) cover with a canopy
  • (canopy) the umbrellalike part of a parachute that fills with air
  • any competition; "the race for the presidency"
  • Compete with another or others to see who is fastest at covering a set course or achieving an objective
  • Compete regularly in races as a sport or leisure activity
  • a contest of speed; "the race is to the swift"
  • Prepare and enter (an animal or vehicle) in races as a sport or leisure activity
  • rush: move fast; "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street"
race canopies - The Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life
The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life
An acclaimed sociologist illuminates the public life of an American city, offering a major reinterpretation of the racial dynamics in America.
Following his award-winning work on inner-city violence, Code of the Street, sociologist Elijah Anderson introduces the concept of the “cosmopolitan canopy”—the urban island of civility that exists amidst the ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves where segregation is the norm. Under the cosmopolitan canopy, diverse peoples come together, and for the most part practice getting along. Anderson’s path-breaking study of this setting provides a new understanding of the complexities of present-day race relations and reveals the unique opportunities here for cross-cultural interaction.

Anderson walks us through Center City Philadelphia, revealing and illustrating through his ethnographic fieldwork how city dwellers often interact across racial, ethnic, and social borders. People engage in a distinctive folk ethnography. Canopies operating in close proximity create a synergy that becomes a cosmopolitan zone. In the vibrant atmosphere of these public spaces, civility is the order of the day. However, incidents can arise that threaten and rend the canopy, including scenes of tension involving borders of race, class, sexual preference, and gender. But when they do—assisted by gloss—the resilience of the canopy most often prevails. In this space all kinds of city dwellers—from gentrifiers to the homeless, cabdrivers to doormen—manage to co-exist in the urban environment, gaining local knowledge as they do, which then helps reinforce and spread tolerance through contact and mutual understanding.

With compelling, meticulous descriptions of public spaces such as 30th Street Station, Reading Terminal Market, and Rittenhouse Square, and quasi-public places like the modern-day workplace, Anderson provides a rich narrative account of how blacks and whites relate and redefine the color line in everyday public life. He reveals how eating, shopping, and people-watching under the canopy can ease racial tensions, but also how the spaces in and between canopies can reinforce boundaries. Weaving colorful observations with keen social insight, Anderson shows how the canopy—and its lessons—contributes to the civility of our increasingly diverse cities.

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Lisa & I @ the Pocono race
Lisa & I @ the Pocono race
Taken after trying to assemble a 20x20 canopy, in the rain, and crazy blowing wind.

I know, we look fabulous!
Canopy Incident
Canopy Incident
This L-39 just lost its canopy during it's takeoff roll. The emergency crews followed him back.

race canopies
race canopies
Under the Canopy: Ritual Process and Spiritual Resilience in South Africa (Studies in Comparative Religion)
A case study in the transcendent powers of ritual and faith, Under the Canopy illustrates how the healing rites performed at St. John's Apostolic Faith Mission Church, located in Guguletu, an African township in Cape Town, offered a means by which these poor black South Africans liberated themselves from oppressive systems. Linda E. Thomas argues that the healing rites, and the folk medicine they involved, reoriented the community's focus away from conditions under apartheid and enlisted active community support that aided in expelling the aggressive and toxic apartheid system. Thomas's ethnographic study underscores the remarkable ability of economically disadvantaged people in South Africa to use their few material resources to create powerful and transformative rituals that helped them endure and overcome inhuman circumstances.
Drawing from interviews conducted with members of St. John's, Thomas shows how the independent church fostered a community capable of drawing from the surrounding disorder a purposeful, orderly, and unified outlook at both personal and communal levels. The ritual action performed by this community contested the articulation, distribution, and control of knowledge by a white elite and developed new cultural meanings specifically for the marginalized. Under the blue and white canopy of St. John's, Thomas found healing rituals to be expressions of protest through which oppressed people were able to transform their world.