Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a by Jay MacLeod

By Jay MacLeod

 This vintage textual content addresses probably the most very important matters in sleek social conception and coverage: how social inequality is reproduced from one new release to the following. With the unique 1987 booklet of Ain’t No Makin’ It Jay MacLeod introduced us to the Clarendon Heights housing undertaking 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, printed little development within the lives of those males as they struggled within the exertions marketplace and crime-ridden underground economy.


The 3rd variation 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 trendy and beneficial text.



Part One: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers as Teenagers
1. Social Immobility within the Land of Opportunity
2. Social replica in Theoretical Perspective
three. childrens 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 replica Takes Its Toll
eight. copy concept Reconsidered

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

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

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You wanna be like them, y’know? You see they’re rich; you wanna be rich. You can’t be the poor one out of the crowd. You got all the crowd, and places like that—the suburbs—they’re all rich. Y’know, a lot of places, they say quiet places; around here, you’ll just be able to hang together, and nobody has that much money. slick: But I’ll tell you right now, you cannot find better friends because everybody’s in the same boat. You’ll find a few assholes, rats, whatever, but mostly when you have all of us, we all know everybody’s poor.

Like many urban slums, the teenage underworld of Clarendon Heights is characterized by predatory theft, and some of the Hallway Hangers specialize in “cuffing” drugs, stolen merchandise, and money off those who themselves are involved in illegal activity. Shorty and Frankie have sold hundreds of fake joints, robbed other drug pushers, and forced younger or less tough boys to give them a share of their illegal income. The consensus among the Hallway Hangers is that this type of thievery is morally more defensible than conventional theft.

An important characteristic of the subculture of the Hallway Hangers is group solidarity. Membership in the Hallway Hangers involves a serious commitment to the group: a willingness to put out for others and to look out for the rest of the group’s wellbeing as well as one’s own. This loyalty is the glue that holds the group together, and honoring it is essential. qxd:Layout 1 6/12/08 3:19 PM Page 35 The Hallway Hangers: “You Gotta Be Bad” 35 limits of this commitment to the group are seldom expressed but are such that Slick would not leave Shorty “hanging with the cops,” even though to stay with Shorty resulted in his own arrest.

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