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

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Avalon Publishing, Jul 29, 2008 - Social Science - 552 pages
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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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Contents

Can They Be Untangled? 249
249
No One to Blame but Me 252
252
What Is to Be Done? 261
261
Class Dismissed 267
267
Notes 270
270
PART THREE AINT NO MAKIN IT? THE MEN AT MIDLIFE 273
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WEEBLE WOBBLE BUT WE DONT FALL DOWN 277
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Connected 278
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Notes 23
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THE HALLWAY HANGERS AND THE BROTHERS 25
25
Conspicuous by Their Conventionality 45
45
Notes 50
50
4 THE INFLUENCE OF THE FAMILY 51
51
The Brothers Families 54
54
Notes 61
61
ASPIRATIONS OF THE HANGERS AND BROTHERS 62
62
Ready at the Starting Line 75
75
Notes 83
83
PREPARING FOR THE COMPETITION 84
84
Conformity and Compliance 89
89
Teachers Nightmare 93
93
The Underlying Logic of Student Behavior 98
98
Notes 111
111
SOCIAL REPRODUCTION TAKES ITS TOLL 113
113
Internalizing Probabilities Rescuing SelfEsteem 114
114
Internalizing Failure Shorn of SelfEsteem 126
126
The Sources of Variation 129
129
Notes 135
135
8 REPRODUCTION THEORY RECONSIDERED 137
137
From Ethnography to Theory 140
140
Individuals in the Social Landscape 146
146
Cultural Autonomy within Structural Constraints 149
149
Notes 153
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LOW INCOME LOW OUTCOME
155
DEALING IN DESPAIR 157
157
On the Job 162
162
Working the Street 172
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Producing Themselves 184
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Notes 196
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DREAMS DEFERRED 198
198
Sold on School 213
213
What Went Wrong? 219
219
Groping for the Good Life 233
233
Notes 239
239
OUTCLASSED AND OUTCASTE 241
241
A Class Issue 243
243
Invidious but Invisible 245
245
Stuck Around 292
292
All Bull Work 300
300
My Life Sucks 311
311
Saved by the Drum 317
317
Back Down at the Bottom 328
328
Head Up High 335
335
FINALLY FINDING A FOOTHOLD 350
350
Manager 351
351
Hustler 360
360
Buyer and Broker 370
370
Mechanic 376
376
Programmer 386
386
Trainer 396
396
14 REPRODUCTION REDEMPTION AND RESPECT 407
407
Analysis by Katherine McClelland and David Karen 409
409
So Have They Made It? 412
412
Capital on the Labor Market 418
418
Drugs Alcohol and Crime 427
427
Race and Racism 431
431
Settling Down and Moving Out 435
435
The Meaning of ImMobility 439
439
Class Consciousness? 445
445
Seeking Redemption 448
448
The Next Generation 451
451
Conclusion 457
457
Notes 461
461
Freddies Final Say 465
465
On the Making of Aint No Makin It 467
467
Notes on the 1991 Field Experience 488
488
Clarendon Heights Revisited 496
496
Notes 504
504
Biographical Sketches of the Hallway Hangers andthe Brothers in 2006 505
505
The Brothers 508
508
Bibliography 511
511
About the Book 521
521
About the Authors 523
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Index 525
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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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