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Barrios to Burbs: Middle Class Mexican Americans' Patterns of Mobility and Incorporation

A talk by Jody Angius Vallejo, Department of Sociology, USC. Haines Hall 279

Friday, May 10, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

 

Political rhetoric, media, and scholarly research overwhelmingly cast Mexican immigrants and their descendants as poor and unlikely to incorporate into the middle class.  Contrary to these perceptions, a Mexican American middle class is emerging in Southern California.  This talk details the mechanisms that facilitate Mexican Americans' entry into the middle class, the challenges that accompany rapid social mobility, and the ways in which class background and ethnicity intersect to shape Mexican Americans’ assimilation pathways into the middle class. 
 
Co-sponsored with the Family and Race and Ethnicity Working Groups, Dept. of Sociology
 


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