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

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ISBN-10: 0813343585

ISBN-13: 9780813343587

Edition: 3rd 2008

Authors: Jay MacLeod, Jay Macleod

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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 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.
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Book details

List price: $51.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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