Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican American Middle Class (Stanford University Press).
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. Barrios to ‘Burbs offers a new understanding of the Mexican-American experience, examining the pathways that result in upward social mobility and the experiences of Mexican Americans once they join the middle class.Using in-depth interviews and ethnographic field work, Barrios to Burbs examines the mechanisms that help Mexican Americans enter the middle class, such as parental legal status, educational tracking and middle-class mentors.
Agius Vallejo also explores the challenges that accompany rapid social mobility and examine...more.