© 2004 American Academy of Political & Social Science
The Cosmopolitan Canopy
University of Pennsylvania
The public spaces of the city are more racially, ethnically, and socially diverse than ever. Social distance and tension as expressed by wariness of strangers appear to be the order of the day. But the "cosmopolitan canopy" offers a respite and an opportunity for diverse peoples to come together to do their business and also to engage in "folk ethnography" that serves as a cognitive and cultural base on which people construct behavior in public.
Key Words: urban ethnography • cities • public space • race relations