Described today as a bestselling classic, Jay MacLeod's work takes us into Clarendon Heights, a low-income American housing project. In an exploration of two resident groups of youths, MacLeod began this work as an undergraduate thesis.
Who wants to go to college?
I'd just end up gettin' a shitty job anyway. MacLeod was struck by the seeming self-defeatism of Freddie and his friends. How is it that in America, a nation of dreams and opportunities, a boy of eleven can feel trapped in a position of inherited poverty?
The author immersed himself in the teenage underworld of Clarendon Heights.
The Hallway Hangers, one of the neighborhood cliques, appear as cynical self-destructive hoodlums. The other group, the Brothers, take the American Dream to heart and aspire to middle-class respectability.
The twist is that the Hallway Hangers are mostly white; the Brothers are almost all black. Comparing the two groups, MacLeod provides a provocative account of how poverty is perpetuated from one generation to the next.
Part One tells the story of the boys' teenage aspirations. Part Two follows the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers into adulthood. Eight years later the author returns to Clarendon Heights to find the members of both gangs struggling in the labor market or on the streets.
Caught in the web of urban industrial decline, the Hallway Hangersundereducated, unemployed, or imprisonedhave turned to the underground economy. But "cocaine capitalism" only fuels their desperation, and the Hallway Hangers seek solace in sexism and racism.
The ambitious Brothers have fared little better.
Their teenage dreams in tatters, the Brothers demonstrate that racism takes its toll on optimistic aspirations. This edition retains the vivid accounts of friendships, families, school, and work that made the first edition so popular. The ethnography resonates with feeling and vivid dialogue.
But the book also addresses one of the most important issues in modern social theory and policy: MacLeod links individual lives with social theory to forge a powerful argument about how inequality is created, sustained, and accepted in the United States.
Ain't No Makin' It: Great way to link sociological theory and ethnographic research.So said Freddie Piniella, an eleven-year-old boy from Clarendon Heights low-income housing project, to Jay MacLeod, his counselor in a youth program.
MacLeod was struck by the seeming self-defeatism of Freddie and his friends.4/5(1). The essay is a critical analysis from a sociological point of view of the book ain’t No Making it, third edition by Jay McLeod and published in The author divided the book into three distinct parts; part one The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers as Teenagers, part two Eight Years Later; Low income, Low income and the last part Ain’t No makin’ It.
Jay MacLeod studied two groups of boys and young men who lived in a low-income neighborhood for his book, Ain't No Makin' It. The "Hallway Hangers," a group of mostly white boys, did not endorse meritocracy, the American achievement ideology.
Ain't no Makin' it is a book about a sociological study and its results conducted by Jay MacLeod It is a story about two groups of men the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers These two groups both live in the housing projects called Clarendon Heights located in Syracuse, New York. Introduction by Jay Macleod" Before the following analysis of the book, Macleod briefly expresses his astonishment at the true harshness of social inequality.
He says "It is more entrenched in the United States than he thought". Four years after the publication of Ain’t No Makin’ It and eight years after conducting his initial fieldwork—a period of time in which MacLeod studied in England and worked in rural Mississippi as a community organizer—MacLeod returned to Clarendon Heights to explore how the youths (then in their mid-twenties) had fared in their.