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

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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

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
MacLeod documents the lack of aspirations of a low-level income groupa neighborhood gang he calls the Hallway Hangersfor upward socioeconomic mobility. This predominantly white group is contrasted to the Brothers, a rival gang composed of blacks. MacLeod collected significant primary data while living among these inner city youths. His work centers on social reproduction theory, i.e., the factors ``that contribute to an intergenerational transmission of social inequality,'' which result is the status quo outlook of the Hallway Hangers. MacLeod's descriptive narrative includes vivid and graphic examples of conversations and interviews with gang members. With its first-hand perspective and sociological theory, this book is recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343587
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 537
  • Sales rank: 123,785
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay MacLeod is a parish priest in England. Combining Christian ministry with community work, MacLeod still plays streetball, or tries to. His working-class parish is one of the most ethnically diverse square miles in Britain, and MacLeod works closely with members of the local mosques to engage disaffected teenagers and to foster friendships across the lines of race and religion. He and his wife, Sally Asher, have three children—Asher, Kate, and Toby.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers as Teenagers
1 Social Immobility in the Land of Opportunity 3
2 Social Reproduction in Theoretical Perspective 11
3 Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers 25
4 The Influence of the Family 50
5 The World of Work: Aspirations of the Hangers and Brothers 61
6 School: Preparing for the Competition 83
7 Leveled Aspirations: Social Reproduction Takes Its Toll 112
8 Reproduction Theory Reconsidered 135
Pt. 2 Eight Years Later: Low Income, Low Outcome
9 The Hallway Hangers: Dealing in Despair 155
10 The Brothers: Dreams Deferred 196
11 Conclusion: Outclassed and Outcast(e) 239
Appendix: On the Making of Ain't No Makin' It 270
Fieldwork: Doubts, Dilemmas, and Discoveries 270
Second Harvest: Notes on the 1991 Field Experience 293
Bibliography 303
About the Book and Author 310
Index 311
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