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Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican American Middle Class

Jody Vallejo


Too frequently, the media and politicians cast Mexican immigrants as a threat to American society. Given America's increasing ethnic diversity and the large size of the Mexican-origin population, an investigation of how Mexican immigrants and their descendants achieve upward mobility and enter the middle class is long overdue. This book offers a new understanding of the Mexican-American experience. It explores the challenges that accompany rapid social mobility and examines a new indicator of incorporation, a familial obligation to “give back” in social and financial support. The book investig ... More

Keywords: Mexican Americans, middle class, immigrants, social mobility, ethnic communities, Mexican communities, civic participation, ethnic professional associations, social capital

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804781398
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781398.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jody Vallejo, author