By Jay MacLeod

 This vintage textual content addresses probably the most very important matters in smooth social thought and coverage: how social inequality is reproduced from one new release to the subsequent. 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, 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 copy brings the tale of inequality and social mobility into today’s discussion. Now totally 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 continues to be an in demand and priceless 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. young ones in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers
four. The impression of the Family
five. the area of labor: Aspirations of the Hangers and Brothers
6. university: getting ready for the Competition
7. Leveled Aspirations: Social copy Takes Its Toll
eight. copy 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: struggling with for a Foothold at Forty
thirteen. The Brothers: slightly Making It
14. Making experience of the tales, by way of Katherine McClelland and David Karen

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Responding to the objective structures, the boy loses interest in school and resigns himself to a low-level job, thereby reinforcing the structure of class inequality. ”18 In Bourdieu’s scheme, habitus functions as a regulator between individuals and their external world, between human agency and social structure. ”19 It is the mediating link between individuals and their social world. 20 Thus, Freddie Piniella announces in the streets of Clarendon Heights, “I ain’t goin’ to college,” while an eleven-year-old counterpart across the city may enter his father’s study to confirm a preference for Harvard over Yale.

I was brought up thinking fucking niggers suck. Went over to Hoover School, no fuckin’ black people there at all. Y’know, third grade, we had one black kid. His name was Sonny. Y’know, everyone fucked him up. So it was this through the racial riots. I was brought up to hate niggers. qxd:Layout 1 6/12/08 3:19 PM Page 38 Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers 38 Although the riots contributed to the racism of the Hallway Hangers, surprisingly enough, they also account for the acceptance of Boo-Boo and Chris into the group.

Frankie and Shorty are violent in their prejudice against black people, while Slick, Steve, and Stoney are racist in a less strident manner. Only Jinx has a measure of empathy and respect for blacks. According to the Hallway Hangers, their antipathy toward blacks stems from an incident in the early 1970s. At that time, a full-scale riot erupted in Clarendon Heights between the project’s mostly white residents and black youths from the predominantly black Emerson Towers housing project a half mile away.

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