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Barrios to BurbsThe Making of the Mexican American Middle Class$
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Jody Vallejo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781398

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781398.001.0001

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Class, Assimilation, and Mexican Americans

Class, Assimilation, and Mexican Americans

(p.1) 1 Class, Assimilation, and Mexican Americans
Barrios to Burbs
Stanford University Press

This book explores the social-mobility patterns, lived experiences, and incorporation outcomes of Mexican Americans as members of the American middle class. Drawing on the results of a study conducted in the Los Angeles region (encompassing Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties), home to the largest Mexican-origin population outside Mexico City, it examines whether the descendants of Mexican immigrants are experiencing a pathway of downward assimilation or stagnation, or whether they will become upwardly mobile and incorporate into the white middle class. The book looks at the mechanisms that foster upward mobility into the middle class and considers different measures of assimilation, including civic participation, giving back and family obligations, and racial and ethnic identity.

Keywords:   Mexican Americans, middle class, social mobility, incorporation, assimilation, Los Angeles, immigrants, civic participation, ethnic identity, family obligations

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