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Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations And Attainment In A Low-income Neighborhood, Expanded Edition 1st Edition
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The author does have his own biases, but he never draws conclusions that aren't supported by the evidence. And the evidence is overwhelming: it usually takes more than a 'good attitude' or a 'strong work ethic' to get ahead in America. It also takes many of the substantive and symbolic resources that middle-class children take for granted, yet middle-class parents are careful to pass down to them. Meanwhile, the mistakes and poor choices that middle-class youth easily overcome can be devastating for poor youth, starting a downward spiral from which it is very difficult to recover. Lastly, this book describes in vivid detail what all the statistics report: that, on average, poor black children have more ambition than poor white children.Read more ›
I give this book four stars because MacLeod failed to take into consideration the aspirations and expectations of young women. Instead he concentrated solely on the role of race and class. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand how societal structures restrict and limit the actions of individuals. Furthermore this book challenges the myth that education creates a level playing field for all regardless of race or class (and gender too ~ although not addressed here).
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My rating above is on the text as a whole. If you are a student looking to buy this for a class, consider the note at the end of my review. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rachael Levin
This is perhaps the most enthralling book I've read in my life! The sociological theory stuff is a bit tough to get through if you are not a sociologist or social worker, but the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Bryan Mccullar
Eye opening read. Enjoyed the book thoroughly, from cover to cover. Definitely a must read for anyone who deals with low income students and those who are under served.Published 13 months ago by Alexis Cisneros