"Ain't No Making It"
Examines the book "Ain't No Making It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood" by Jay MacLeod.
# 25437 | 1,392 words | 2 sources | APA | 2002 |
Published by tpmaven on Mar 29, 2003 in African-American Studies (1950-Present) , Sociology (General) , English (Analysis) , Political Science (Social Security and Welfare) , Sociology (Welfare)
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A paper focusing on the book "Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood" by Jay MacLeod and how it pertains to the ideology of the American Dream. The paper shows how MacLeod's book questions the validity of the American Dream and discusses how this theory is seen by social thinkers such as political scientist and author Jennifer L. Hochschild.
From the Paper:"Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood is an ethnological study focusing on two sets of teenage boys living in housing projects in Clarendon Heights. Through observation and interviews, author and sociologist Jay MacLeod attempted to determine why the socioeconomic status of these young men remained stagnant, despite the mobility inherent to the ideology known as the "American Dream." Struck by the seemingly low level of aspirations expressed by the young adolescent boys, MacLeod researched the hopes and dreams of these young men, focusing on two groups: the "Hallway Hangers" and the "Brothers.""
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