Ain't No Makin' It Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood

ISBN-10: 0813343585
ISBN-13: 9780813343587
Edition: 3rd 2008
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936

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 Ain7;t No Makin7; It Jay MacLeod brought us to the Clarendon Heights housing project where we met the 0;Brothers1; and the 0;Hallway Hangers.1; Their story of poverty, race, and defeatism moved readers and challenged ethnic stereotypes. MacLeod7;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 today7;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, Ain7;t No Makin7; It remains an admired and invaluable text.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers as Teenagers
Social Immobility in the Land of Opportunity
Social Reproduction in Theoretical Perspective
Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis: Schooled by Social Class
Pierre Bourdieu: Cultural Capital and Habitus
Basil Bernstein and Shirley Brice Heath: Linguistic Cultural Capital
Paul Willis: The Lads and the Ear'oles
Henry Giroux: Student Resistance to School
Social Reproduction in Clarendon Heights
Notes
Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers
The Hallway Hangers: "You Gotta Be Bad"
The Brothers: Conspicuous by Their Conventionality
Notes
The Influence of the Family
The Hallway Hangers' Households
The Brothers' Families
Notes
The World of Work: Aspirations of the Hangers and Brothers
The Hallway Hangers: Keeping a Lid on Hope
The Brothers: Ready at the Starting Line
Notes
School: Preparing for the Competition
The Brothers: Conformity and Compliance
The Hallway Hangers: Teacher's Nightmare
The Underlying Logic of Student Behavior
Notes
Leveled Aspirations: Social Reproduction Takes Its Toll
The Hallway Hangers: Internalizing Probabilities, Rescuing Self-Esteem
The Brothers: Internalizing Failure, Shorn of Self-Esteem
The Sources of Variation
Notes
Reproduction Theory Reconsidered
Building on Bourdieu
From Ethnography to Theory
Individuals in the Social Landscape
Cultural Autonomy within Structural Constraints
Notes
Eight Years Later: Low Income, Low Outcome
The Hallway Hangers: Dealing in Despair
On the Job
Working the Street
Producing Themselves
Notes
The Brothers: Dreams Deferred
Shortchanged on the Labor Market
Sold on School
Aspiration and Outcome: What Went Wrong?
Groping for the Good Life
Notes
Conclusion: Outclassed and Outcast(E)
Poverty: A Class Issue
Racial Domination: Invidious but Invisible
Race Versus Class: Can They Be Untangled?
Structure Versus Agency: "No One to Blame but Me"
What Is to Be Done?
Class Dismissed
Notes
Ain't no Makin' It? The Men at Midlife
The Hallway Hangers: Weeble, Wobble, But We Don't Fall Down
Frankie: Connected
Jinx: Stuck Around
Shorty: All Bull Work
Steve: My Life Sucks
Stoney: Saved by the Drum
Chris: Back Down at the Bottom
Slick: Head Up High
The Brothers: Finally Finding a Foothold
Mokey: Manager
Super: Hustler
Mike: Buyer and Broker
Juan: Mechanic
James: Programmer
Derek: Trainer
Reproduction, Redemption, and Respect
Introduction
Analysis
So ... Have They Made It?
Capital on the Labor Market
The Path to Down and Out: Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
Race and Racism
Family: Settling Down and Moving Out
The Meaning of (Im)Mobility
Class Consciousness?
Seeking Redemption
The Next Generation
Conclusion
Notes
Afterword: Freddie's Final Say
On the Making of Ain't No Makin' It
Fieldwork: Doubts, Dilemmas, and Discoveries
Second Harvest: Notes on the 1991 Field Experience
Confessions: Clarendon Heights Revisited
Notes
Biographical Sketches of the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers in 2006
The Hallway Hangers
The Brothers
Bibliography
About the Book
About the Authors
Index

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