9780813341873

Ain't No Makin' It

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813341873

  • ISBN10:

    0813341876

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-08-05
  • Publisher: Westview Pr

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Summary

With the original 1987 publication ofAin't No Makin' ItJay MacLeod brought us to the Clarendon Heights housing project where we met the "Brothers" and "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. This classic ethnography addresses one of the most important issues in modern social theory and policy: how social inequality is reproduced from one generation to the next. Now republished with a preface by Joe Feagin,Ain't No Makin' Itremains an admired and invaluable text.

Author Biography

A Rhodes scholar, Jay MacLeod holds degrees in social studies and theology. He and his wife, Sally Asher, spent four years in Mississippi, where their work with local teenagers led to the publication of Minds Stayed on Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Rural South, An Oral History (WestviewPress). MacLeod is now an Anglican priest in Chesterfield, a declining mining and market town in Asher's native England.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xix
Part One The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers as Teenagers
Social Immobility in the Land of Opportunity
3(8)
Social Reproduction in Theoretical Perspective
11(14)
Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis: Schooled by Social Class
12(1)
Pierre Bourdieu: Cultural Capital and Habitus
13(3)
Basil Bernstein and Shirley Brice Heath: Linguistic Cultural Capital
16(2)
Paul Willis: The Lads and the Ear'oles
18(2)
Henry Giroux: Student Resistance to School
20(2)
Social Reproduction in Clarendon Heights
22(1)
Notes
23(2)
Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers
25(25)
The Hallway Hangers: ``You Gotta Be Bad''
25(18)
The Brothers: Conspicuous by Their Conventionality
43(6)
Notes
49(1)
The Influence of the Family
50(11)
The Hallway Hangers' Households
50(3)
The Brothers' Families
53(7)
Notes
60(1)
The World of Work: Aspirations of the Hangers and Brothers
61(22)
The Hallway Hangers: Keeping a Lid on Hope
61(13)
The Brothers: Ready at the Starting Line
74(7)
Notes
81(2)
School: Preparing for the Competition
83(29)
The Brothers: Conformity and Compliance
88(4)
The Hallway Hangers: Teacher's Nightmare
92(5)
The Underlying Logic of Student Behavior
97(13)
Notes
110(2)
Leveled Aspirations: Social Reproduction Takes Its Toll
112(23)
The Hallway Hangers: Internalizing Probabilities, Rescuing Self-Esteem
113(11)
The Brothers: Internalizing Failure, Shorn of Self-Esteem
124(4)
The Sources of Variation
128(6)
Notes
134(1)
Reproduction Theory Reconsidered
135(20)
Building on Bourdieu
135(3)
From Ethnography to Theory
138(6)
Individuals in the Social Landscape
144(3)
Cultural Autonomy Within Structural Constraints
147(3)
Notes
150(5)
Part Two Eight Years Later: Low Income, Low Outcome
The Hallway Hangers: Dealing in Despair
155(41)
On the Job
160(9)
Working the Street
169(13)
Producing Themselves
182(12)
Notes
194(2)
The Brothers: Dreams Deferred
196(43)
Shortchanged on the Labor Market
196(15)
Sold on School
211(6)
Aspiration and Outcome: What Went Wrong?
217(14)
Groping for the Good Life
231(6)
Notes
237(2)
Conclusion: Outclassed and Outcast(e)
239(31)
Poverty: A Class Issue
241(2)
Racial Domination: Invidious but Invisible
243(4)
Race Versus Class: Can They Be Untangled?
247(3)
Structure Versus Agency: ``No One to Blame but Me''
250(9)
What Is to Be Done?
259(6)
Class Dismissed
265(3)
Notes
268(2)
Appendix: On the Making of Ain't No Makin' It
270(33)
Fieldwork: Doubts, Dilemmas, and Discoveries
270(23)
Second Harvest: Notes on the 1991 Field Experience
293(10)
Bibliography 303(7)
About the Book and Author 310(1)
Index 311

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