Aint no makin it

MacLeod hung out with both of these male peer groups in an effort to understand their daily meanings of the role of education and their future aspirations rather than relying exclusively on statistical data.

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Ain’t No Makin’ It

They regard the benefit of school, supposedly improved prospects for social mobility, as not being worth the psychological, social and opportunity costs. I give this book four stars because MacLeod failed to take into consideration the aspirations and expectations of young women.

It's interesting, if depressing, material. This book isn't a 'liberal' book, even though its author's own political agenda is identifiable as such. Yes, racism is alive and well among U. They realized through family and friends that their chances of getting out of the projects is slim leading most of the Hallway Hangers dropped out of school and smoked dope, among other illegal activities.

I think the MacLeod is about as close to an author, as I have found so far, who touches on the subject in a meaningfully candid way that isn't overly burdened by theory and yet there is still enough of it in this work.

They begin by examining individual experiences, and then connect those to demands of capitalist social relations MacLeod does a good job of emphasizing the boys' humanity and individuality in painting their dreams and aspirations, making it clear that simple stereotypes of poverty cannot even begin to describe the people who actually live it.

Juan wants to be a cook, takes a special vocational education cooking course in high school, ends up looking for work as a mechanic and then, when that fails, ends up at McDonald's. The later chapters take place eight years later, when MacLeod returns to the project to find out how the boys had fared.

The Brothers have higher dreams, but even these are tempered. Only a couple could be considered to have "succeeded" in any way, and still their successes seem paltry compared to most of middle-class America.

Simply expanding the social welfare system, by improving health and human services in addition to supporting schools, does not fundamentally alter the class hierarchy and so will invariably not provide a path to social mobility for the lower class.

One factor the boys mention themselves is that even if they do well in school, they won't get a good job. As a music educator, I see this story as genuine reason for hope. These theorists differ in their idea of how deterministic social reproduction is, and what role if any individual autonomy might play.

Reformers advocating for a multi pronged approach to transforming communities as well as schools should be reminded to take a critical eye to the structures they are expanding. In contrast, the peer group consisting of mostly young white men Hallway Hangers rejected the achievement ideology and had low aspirations of their position in the labor market.

The Brothers have middle-class aspirations. While all of the boys attend or attended the same neighborhood high school, their experiences diverge considerably.

Otherwise it would be impossible to explain the wide divergence in attitudes toward schooling expressed by the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers.

Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood

Despite the disjuncture of both groups' levels of aspirations, both failed to get out of poverty. This sad opinion bears out - at the end of the book, our author returns to the neighborhood a few years later to find that the studious high-school graduates of the "Brothers" clique hold no better jobs than the drop-out "Hangers".

They are ambivalent, trying to reconcile achievement culture with a sense of the structural obstacles they face. The culturally attuned models of Willis and Giroux are the most concerned with individual autonomy.

Schools reward this kind of explicit analytical language. Despite the lack of concrete policy implications, there are several important lessons to those on either side of the ideological divide within education reform. Overall it was a very worthwhile book to read. MacLeod urges us to understand how the achievement ideology that supposedly motivates us can act as a psychological barrier to the aspirations of lower-class young people.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed: A Broader, bolder approach to education: MacLeod provides a thorough account of the aspirations and expectations of two male peer groups residing in a public housing project. The Brothers understand themselves to be on the way up, since their families have only been in the projects a short time.

Their language habits prepare children well for elementary school, but do not teach the integrative skills necessary for high school and beyond.Ain’t No Makin’ It.

Posted on March 9, by Ethan. Assignment for Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry with Colleen Larson. If you’re looking for a gripping and highly readable (though depressing) sociological study, I strongly recommend this one.

Ain't No Makin' It is an ethnography following the lives of two groups of boys growing up in Clarendon Heights, a public housing development in Massachusetts.

Jay MacLeod considers the differing aspirations of the two groups of boys: one composed primarily of blacks and one composed primarily of whites/5(40). Jay MacLeod’s book Ain’t No Making’ It, a treatise on the ways that social class is reproduced across generations, remains as relevant and informative to understanding the cycle of poverty as it was when it was first published in The explanations of the life trajectories of the men studied in this book are especially important in.

With the original 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 revision /5(5). Ain't No Makin It Despite high aspirations, the Brothers are in the same place economically as the Hangers The author's social reproduction theory was supported by the results of the members of these two groups.

Ain't No Makin' It [Jay MacLeod] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Jay MacLeod brought us to the Clarendon Heights public housing development and introduced us to Jinx and Mokey and their teenage friends - the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers - in with the first edition of Ain't No Makin' It.

The dreams of one peer /5(40).

Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood Download
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