Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-income Neighborhood by Jay MacLeod

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. Contents Part One: 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 Part Two: 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) Part Three: Ain’t No Makin’ It? 12. The Hallway Hangers: Fighting for a Foothold at Forty 13. The Brothers: Barely Making It 14. Making Sense of the Stories, by Katherine McClelland and David Karen

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Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations And Attainment In A Low-income Neighborhood, Expanded Edition Hardcover 4074179 $596.02 $19.39 1995
Ain't No Makin' It Kindle Edition 226796 2008
Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood, Third Edition Kindle Edition 210278 2008
Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood, Second Edition with a New Foreword by Joe Feagin Paperback 2608245 $199.88 $4.00 2004
Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood Hardcover 3988663 $6.89 1987
Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood Paperback 13606647 $32.99 $4.20 2004
Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood (Edition 3rd) by MacLeod, Jay [Paperback(2008£©] Paperback 4614926 $46.12 $24.55
Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations And Attainment In A Low-income Neighborhood, Expanded Edition Paperback 3073685 $14.47 $1.35 1995
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Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood, 3rd Edition Paperback 351992 $34.27 $17.50 2008
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