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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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Conclusion: The New American Middle Class

Conclusion: The New American Middle Class

(p.174) Conclusion: The New American Middle Class
Barrios to Burbs
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This book challenges the notion that Mexican Americans are not achieving social mobility and incorporating into the middle class, and that they are predestined for downward mobility. Instead, it provides evidence that a middle-class Mexican American population has emerged in America boasting college degrees, white-collar jobs, and comfortable incomes, and living in white middle-class neighborhoods. Some of these middle-class Mexican Americans took only a few years to move from poor to middle class. The book refutes current theories about assimilation and the ways in which immigrants and their descendants incorporate into the middle class. Using the Association of Latinas in Business as an example, it shows how race/ethnicity, class, and gender intersect in the ethnic community to produce a minority culture of mobility which proves that there is more than one way to attain middle-class status. This concluding chapter presents an outlook for the descendants of middle-class Mexican Americans, and offers policy recommendations for addressing the issue of Mexican American population growth and how to help more Mexican Americans to incorporate into the middle class.

Keywords:   Mexican Americans, middle class, Latinas in Business, minority culture, social mobility, assimilation, immigrants, class, gender

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