An analysis of aint no makin it an ethnographic study by jay macleod

Do you think that they should blame themselves for not being more successful. I'd just end up gettin' a shitty job anyway. Nonetheless he's ended up as a Help Desk Administrator making about fifty two thousand a year with full benefits.

The other group, the Brothers, take the American Dream to heart and aspire to middle-class respectability. Despite any positive relationships that any of the men have with their female companions and children, their offspring are automatically born into social inequality considering their neighborhoods and even physical factors such as premature birth due to parents' drug issues.

Together they live with four of his five children. He also discusses how race plays a factor. This primary ground that they are born on is an original culprit of social inequality.

The given society determines what takes place in it. MacLeod's analysis is completed by the analysis of a second group that called itself "The Brothers". Most of them - regardless of which group they hung out with in high school - are struggling to hold down jobs at all, or are working for barely more than minimum wage.

The author immersed himself in the teenage underworld of Clarendon Heights.

Achievement ideology

The men were negatively influenced by the drugs, crime and alcohol that was present and highly abundant in their neighborhoods growing up. The Brothers knew that the Hallway Hangers' ideology of racial inferiority was false, and they were themselves saved by the ideology to which the Hallway Hangers were immune, that of meritocracy, equal opportunity for all.

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

They all seem to love their children despite any absences but they cannot rescue the children from social structure. While most people might have the proper attitude, structural factors can keep them from achieving. Reading this book would be time well spent for those interested in youths, subcultures, struggles between structure and culture, and social reproduction.

First we heard about their lives through their views and now we are able to understand their lives from a sociological and social class standpoint. However, this is not an ethnographic account relevant only to those who know Clarendon Heights, as the reader may be able to identify in a local context, an area where youths similarly struggle with poverty, racial discrimination and issues of defeatism.

When students attribute their own failure to a lack of ability, they consequently are less likely to expect to do well. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand how societal structures restrict and limit the actions of individuals.

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. How often do we speak of people we know so little about. Now that we have read about social inequality from root to tip, that is, from realistic individual standpoints the views of the Brothers and the Hallway Hangers and also from the larger sociological lens Macleod's, Karen's and McClelland's overall viewswhat are some first steps do you think can be taken to effectively help socially vulnerable people the people in Clarendon Heights and first steps to ending social class inequality.

We are mostly influenced by our primary dispositions and then our pasts stay with us for life. The later chapters take place eight years later, when MacLeod returns to the project to find out how the boys had fared. He doesn't mind feeling lonely.

The book looks at the forces that cause these boys not to aim higher.

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.

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 /5(41).

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.

MacLeod begins the study by describing the youths: the first is a black minority group called The Brothers, and the second a group of white youths called the Hallway Hangers, so-called as they often 'hang out in the hallway'. An Analysis of Ain't No Makin' It, an Ethnographic Study by Jay MacLeod.

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