Ain't No Makin' It

Ain't No Makin' It

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

In-depth and thoughtful book studying the reproduction of inequality in America and challenges the American notion of “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps”.
教育系统和社会体系是很无力的 无力到我们没法保证那些真正努力的人得到应有的结果 所有个人的坚持全部消融在了社会阶级固化和再分配不均的大环境下 / 这本书带给我的思考是 为什么越来越多的美国人支持民粹主义、厌恶建制派政治家 空口大话并不能让我养家、过上自己想过的生活 这是底层的呼喊和愤怒 是资本主义社会发展的永恒主题 边际效益的大前提下 社会总会发展成僧多肉少的局面 美国梦的形式在全世界来说更像是一个讽刺(我就不说最讽刺在哪儿了...)题外话:很有趣的是 我想看看各个民族是对这种社会情况如何反应的 这些反应的不同则更像人类学家的研究范畴hhhhh 还有一个点是 社会学如果是一门要解决宏观的贫困、阶级等问题的学科 这种ethnography式的单点研究的利弊在哪里 值得思考
研究问题很有意思,讨论有点浅,不过也还算是把布迪厄往前推了一点儿吧。对贫困又多了一层了解,目前还在遵循的achievement ideology大概真的是不管用了……