Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood, Third Edition / Edition 3

Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood, Third Edition / Edition 3

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by Jay MacLeod
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813343585

ISBN-13: 9780813343587

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Westview Press

 This classic text addresses one of the most important issues in modern social theory and policy: how social inequality is reproduced from one generation to the next. With the original 1987 publication of Ain’t No Makin’ It Jay MacLeod brought us to the Clarendon Heights housing project where we met the “Brothers” and the

Overview

 This classic text addresses one of the most important issues in modern social theory and policy: how social inequality is reproduced from one generation to the next. With the original 1987 publication of Ain’t No Makin’ It Jay MacLeod brought us to the Clarendon Heights housing project where we met the “Brothers” and the “Hallway Hangers.” Their story of poverty, race, and defeatism moved readers and challenged ethnic stereotypes. MacLeod’s return eight years later, and the resulting 1995 revision, revealed little improvement in the lives of these men as they struggled in the labor market and crime-ridden underground economy.

The third edition of this classic ethnography of social reproduction brings the story of inequality and social mobility into today’s dialogue. Now fully updated with thirteen new interviews from the original Hallway Hangers and Brothers, as well as new theoretical analysis and comparison to the original conclusions, Ain’t No Makin’ It remains an admired and invaluable text.

Contents 

Part One: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers as Teenagers
1. Social Immobility in the Land of Opportunity
2. Social Reproduction in Theoretical Perspective
3. Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers
4. The Influence of the Family
5. The World of Work: Aspirations of the Hangers and Brothers
6. School: Preparing for the Competition
7. Leveled Aspirations: Social Reproduction Takes Its Toll
8. Reproduction Theory Reconsidered

Part Two: Eight Years Later: Low Income, Low Outcome
9. The Hallway Hangers: Dealing in Despair
10. The Brothers: Dreams Deferred
11. Conclusion: Outclassed and Outcast(e)

Part Three: Ain’t No Makin’ It?
12. The Hallway Hangers: Fighting for a Foothold at Forty
13. The Brothers: Barely Making It
14. Making Sense of the Stories, by Katherine McClelland and David Karen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813343587
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
537
Sales rank:
86,802
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers as Teenagers
Social Immobility in the Land of Opportunity     3
Social Reproduction in Theoretical Perspective     11
Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis: Schooled by Social Class     12
Pierre Bourdieu: Cultural Capital and Habitus     13
Basil Bernstein and Shirley Brice Heath: Linguistic Cultural Capital     16
Paul Willis: The Lads and the Ear'oles     18
Henry Giroux: Student Resistance to School     20
Social Reproduction in Clarendon Heights     22
Notes     23
Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers     25
The Hallway Hangers: "You Gotta Be Bad"     25
The Brothers: Conspicuous by Their Conventionality     45
Notes     50
The Influence of the Family     51
The Hallway Hangers' Households     51
The Brothers' Families     54
Notes     61
The World of Work: Aspirations of the Hangers and Brothers     62
The Hallway Hangers: Keeping a Lid on Hope     62
The Brothers: Ready at the Starting Line     75
Notes     83
School: Preparing for theCompetition     84
The Brothers: Conformity and Compliance     89
The Hallway Hangers: Teacher's Nightmare     93
The Underlying Logic of Student Behavior     98
Notes     111
Leveled Aspirations: Social Reproduction Takes Its Toll     113
The Hallway Hangers: Internalizing Probabilities, Rescuing Self-Esteem     114
The Brothers: Internalizing Failure, Shorn of Self-Esteem     126
The Sources of Variation     129
Notes     135
Reproduction Theory Reconsidered     137
Building on Bourdieu     137
From Ethnography to Theory     140
Individuals in the Social Landscape     146
Cultural Autonomy within Structural Constraints     149
Notes     153
Eight Years Later: Low Income, Low Outcome
The Hallway Hangers: Dealing in Despair     157
On the Job     162
Working the Street     172
Producing Themselves     184
Notes     196
The Brothers: Dreams Deferred     198
Shortchanged on the Labor Market     198
Sold on School     213
Aspiration and Outcome: What Went Wrong?     219
Groping for the Good Life      233
Notes     239
Conclusion: Outclassed and Outcast(E)     241
Poverty: A Class Issue     243
Racial Domination: Invidious but Invisible     245
Race Versus Class: Can They Be Untangled?     249
Structure Versus Agency: "No One to Blame but Me"     252
What Is to Be Done?     261
Class Dismissed     267
Notes     270
Ain't no Makin' It? The Men at Midlife     273
The Hallway Hangers: Weeble, Wobble, But We Don't Fall Down     277
Frankie: Connected     278
Jinx: Stuck Around     292
Shorty: All Bull Work     300
Steve: My Life Sucks     311
Stoney: Saved by the Drum     317
Chris: Back Down at the Bottom     328
Slick: Head Up High     335
The Brothers: Finally Finding a Foothold     350
Mokey: Manager     351
Super: Hustler     360
Mike: Buyer and Broker     370
Juan: Mechanic     376
James: Programmer     386
Derek: Trainer     396
Reproduction, Redemption, and Respect     407
Introduction   Jay MacLeod     407
Analysis    Katherine McClelland   David Karen     409
So ... Have They Made It?     412
Capital on the Labor Market     418
The Path to Down and Out: Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime     427
Race and Racism     431
Family: Settling Down and Moving Out     435
The Meaning of (Im)Mobility     439
Class Consciousness?     445
Seeking Redemption     448
The Next Generation     451
Conclusion     457
Notes     461
Afterword: Freddie's Final Say     465
On the Making of Ain't No Makin' It     467
Fieldwork: Doubts, Dilemmas, and Discoveries     467
Second Harvest: Notes on the 1991 Field Experience     488
Confessions: Clarendon Heights Revisited     496
Notes     504
Biographical Sketches of the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers in 2006     505
The Hallway Hangers     505
The Brothers     508
Bibliography     511
About the Book     521
About the Authors     523
Index     525

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