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 toMore 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.ContentsPart One: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers as Teenagers1. Social Immobility in the Land of Opportunity2.
Social Reproduction in Theoretical Perspective3. Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers4. The Influence of the Family5. The World of Work: Aspirations of the Hangers and Brothers6. School: Preparing for the Competition7. Leveled Aspirations: Social Reproduction Takes Its Toll8. Reproduction Theory ReconsideredPart Two: Eight Years Later: Low Income, Low Outcome9.
The Hallway Hangers: Dealing in Despair10. The Brothers: Dreams Deferred11. Conclusion: Outclassed and Outcast(e)Part Three: Ain’t No Makin’ It?12. The Hallway Hangers: Fighting for a Foothold at Forty13. The Brothers: Barely Making It14. Making Sense of the Stories, by Katherine McClelland and David Karen