By Jay MacLeod

 This vintage textual content addresses essentially the most very important concerns in sleek social idea and coverage: how social inequality is reproduced from one iteration to the following. With the unique 1987 e-book 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 hard work industry and crime-ridden underground economy.


The 3rd version of this vintage ethnography of social copy 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 popular 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. children in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers
four. The impact 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 conception 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 feel of the tales, by means of Katherine McClelland and David Karen

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If I had my bar exam tomorrow and these guys needed me, I’d go with them. That’s just the way it is down here. qxd:Layout 1 36 6/12/08 3:19 PM Page 36 Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers shorty: Yeah, you wanna be here with your family, with your friends; they’re good people. You’re comfortable with them. You don’t feel right with these other people. I dunno. . 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.

It’s like this now: six-pack— Monday through Friday. Friday, it’s a case, and when summer comes, it’s . . all: Beer balls! Most of these boys began drinking beer regularly at the age of thirteen or fourteen; their preferences now include whiskey and peppermint schnapps. The Hallway Hangers also began smoking marijuana when they were twelve or thirteen years old, a tendency that has led many to use an assortment of heavier drugs as well. qxd:Layout 1 6/12/08 3:19 PM Page 31 The Hallway Hangers: “You Gotta Be Bad” 31 juana).

46. , p. 291. 47. Bourdieu and Passeron, Reproduction in Education, p. 156. qxd:Layout 1 6/12/08 3:19 PM Page 25 3 ——————————————————————— TEENAGERS IN CLARENDON HEIGHTS The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers On any given day, except during the coldest winter months, the evening hours in Clarendon Heights are filled with activity. At one end of the housing development, elderly women sit on wooden benches and chat. In the center of the project, children play street hockey, kickball, stickball, or football, depending on the season.

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