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

Ain't No Makin' It : Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood - 2nd edition

Ain't No Makin' It : Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780813315157

ISBN10: 0813315158

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Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 95
Copyright: 1995
Publisher: Westview Press, Inc.
Published: 1995
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ISBN13: 9780813315157

ISBN10: 0813315158

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 95

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Summary

The author immersed himself in the teenage underworld of Clarendon Heights. The Hallway Hangers, one of the neighborhood cliques, appear as cynical self-destructive hoodlums. The other group, the Brothers, take the American Dream to heart and aspire to middle-class respectability. The twist is that the Hallway Hangers are mostly white; the Brothers are almost all black. Comparing the two groups, MacLeod provides a provocative account of how poverty is perpetuated from one generation to the next. This edition retains the vivid accounts of friendships, families, school, and work that made the first edition so popular. The ethnography resonates with feeling and vivid dialogue. But the book also addressed one of the most important issues in modern social theory and policy: how social inequality is reproduced from one generation to the next. MacLeod links individual lives with social theory to forge a powerful argument about how inequality is created, sustained, and accepted in the United States.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments


Pt. 1 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


Pt. 2 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)

Appendix: On the Making of Ain't No Makin' It
Fieldwork: Doubts, Dilemmas, and Discoveries
Second Harvest: Notes on the 1991 Field Experience
Bibliography
About the Book and Author
Index

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