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Kate Levy SOC 111 Dr. Christian Due March 18, 2008 On Ain’t No Makin’ It For the past two decades, scholar Jay MacLeod has studied the lives of boys, now men, who have grown up in an inner-city environment and have been unable to break out of their childhood social class. Through MacLeod’s work we meet to different groups of boys and learn of their lives, their hopes, and their mindset towards different aspects of society and life. Though almost none of the boys as adults have been able to find a way out of their low-class lives, there are many potential reasons to why this is so then just a lack of trying on the parts of some of the boys. Through Ain’t No Makin’ It , one is able to better understand many sociological perspectives on current problems including crime, drug use and abuse, and education. The first group of boys that we are introduced to is the Hallway Hangers. This is a group of boys, the central group including eight people, are mostly white, of Italian or Irish decent, and living in Clarendon Heights. Though these boys are only ranging from ages sixteen to nineteen, all but one have been arrested and five of them have dropped out of school. Instead of doing activities like going to school, which is expected of boys this age in society, the majority of the group spends their days engaging in criminal activity, including underage drinking, drug use, drug dealing, and theft. These boys do not have the normal aspirations of society, to graduate, get good jobs, and be contributing members of society. Instead, they see what is good as being tough, masculine, and completely submersed in their low-class culture. They have an extremely pessimistic outlook on life and the normal workforce and therefore do not strive to be part of these expected norms. In short, the Hallway Hangers are in no way
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wanting to up their social status or the quality of their lives (MacLeod, 25-43). We come to learn in the second part of MacLeod’s text that the boys have, as one may expect, grown into the lives that they had always “aspired’ to be in. The Hallway Hangers, while not all residing in Clarendon, are all continuing in their “bad is good” attitude and have not moved from the low-class rung on the social ladder that they had been raised from. None of them have any jobs requiring a substantial amount of skill or education, many have had problems with drugs or alcohol, and the problems with the law have continued and grown from
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