Analysis Of Barriers To Burbs

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Having graduated top of her class in law school and now works as a high- powered attorney, Brenda, carrying a large designer bag and leases a spacious house in an exclusively white neighborhood, is a second-generation Mexican American who has defied odds in the eyes of many people. How so?
Compared to other races, Mexican Americans have been the least educated in the United States. An exuberant 47.3 percent of Mexican Americans compared to the 23 percent of African Americans, 15.2 percent of Asians, and 13.7 percent of Caucasians did not graduate high school in 2008. The statistics are overwhelming. The alarming distinction has caused scholars and policy makers to doubt if Mexican Americans will ever be able to achieve social mobility and incorporate themselves into the middle class. However, Jody Vallejo, author of Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican American Middle Class, demonstrates that Mexican Americans like Brenda have not all gone downwards in mobility, but instead are becoming a part of the middle class.
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Vallejo carries out seventy-five in-depth interviews with Mexican Americans who come different socioeconomic backgrounds and generations, ranging from 1.5 (those who are born in Mexico and have immigrated here before twelve years old) to the third generation. Most hold college degrees, all are occupied in white- collar jobs, comfortably live in nice houses, and make considerable income levels in the $100,000- 125,999 range (174). Additionally, the author not only records the unique challenges that these middle-class Mexican Americans face but also the problems that arise when these middle-class members contact poorer kin which calls the question if they feel obligated to “give

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