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By Jay MacLeod

 This vintage textual content addresses some of the most very important concerns in sleek social conception and coverage: how social inequality is reproduced from one iteration to the following. With the unique 1987 booklet of Ain’t No Makin’ It Jay MacLeod introduced us to the Clarendon Heights housing venture the place we met the “Brothers” and the “Hallway Hangers.” Their tale of poverty, race, and defeatism moved readers and challenged ethnic stereotypes. MacLeod’s go back 8 years later, and the ensuing 1995 revision, published little development within the lives of those males as they struggled within the exertions industry and crime-ridden underground economy.


The 3rd version of this vintage ethnography of social replica brings the tale of inequality and social mobility into today’s discussion. Now absolutely up to date with 13 new interviews from the unique Hallway Hangers and Brothers, in addition to new theoretical research and comparability to the unique conclusions, Ain’t No Makin’ It is still an prominent and worthwhile text.



Part One: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers as Teenagers
1. Social Immobility within the Land of Opportunity
2. Social copy in Theoretical Perspective
three. little ones in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers
four. The impression of the Family
five. the realm of labor: Aspirations of the Hangers and Brothers
6. university: getting ready for the Competition
7. Leveled Aspirations: Social copy Takes Its Toll
eight. replica idea Reconsidered

Part : 8 Years Later: Low source of revenue, Low Outcome
nine. The Hallway Hangers: Dealing in Despair
10. The Brothers: goals Deferred
eleven. end: Outclassed and Outcast(e)

Part 3: Ain’t No Makin’ It?
12. The Hallway Hangers: scuffling with for a Foothold at Forty
thirteen. The Brothers: slightly Making It
14. Making experience of the tales, through Katherine McClelland and David Karen

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15 Put simply, the habitus is composed of the attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of those inhabiting one’s social world. This conglomeration of deeply internalized values defines an individual’s attitudes toward, for example, schooling. The structure of schooling, with its high regard for the cultural capital of the upper classes, promotes a belief among working-class students that they are unlikely to achieve academic success. 16 Aspirations reflect an individual’s view of his or her own chances for getting ahead and are an internalization of objective probabilities.

Shorty: Fucking shithead. [all laugh] Thus, good grades in school can lead to ostracism, whereas time spent in prison earns respect. qxd:Layout 1 6/12/08 3:19 PM Page 29 The Hallway Hangers: “You Gotta Be Bad” 29 ture; its primacy cannot be overemphasized, and its importance is implied continually by the boys. Frankie carries the notion of being bad to the extreme, despite its offensiveness to conventional American values. In June 1983, John Grace, a bartender in a pub across the city, shot two police officers and was himself wounded in a gunfight in Clarendon Heights.

Y’know what I mean? If you beat someone up up there, especially if he’s black, around this way . . if you’re to be bad, you hafta be arrested. You hafta at least know what bein’ in a cell is like. (in a group discussion) jm: So how is it that to be what’s good down here, to be respected . . slick: You gotta be bad. frankie: Yeah, if you’re a straight-A student, you get razzed. slick: Then you’re a fucking weirdo, and you shouldn’t be living here in the first place. shorty: No, you got people down here who don’t drink and don’t smoke.

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