This book has been at the forefront of sociological debate for a number of years. Drawing heavily on ideas presented in Bowles and Gintis' "Schooling in Capitalist America" and as a Marxist text it does what it says on the tin- it "investigates" how working class kids get working class jobs but as an ethnography, it is fatally flawed. The idea of ethnographical research is to a little more open minded but what is clear from the beginning of the research is that Willis actually set out to "prove" (if ever that is possible with the social sciences) that working class kids get working class jobs rather than to see WHETHER they do. In short it is not a bad book in terms of its writing but since Willis seems to have an idea of his conclusion before his research has been done, where is the rigorous sociological investigation? Many working class kids don't get working class jobs today, nor did they in inner city Birmingham in the 70s but there is no real mention into the infinitely more interesting topic of why this happens.
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