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Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead

Social Mobility, Public Housing, and Immigrant Networks

by Silvia Dominguez
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/12/2013
  $38.54
Honorable Mention, 2014 Distinguished Contribution to Research Award presented by the Latina/o Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association

Getting Ahead tells the compelling stories of Latin-American immigrant women living in public housing in two Boston-area neighborhoods. Silvia Dominguez argues that these immigrant women parlay social ties that provide support and leverage to develop networks and achieve social positioning to get ahead. Through a rich ethnographic account and in-depth interviews, the strong voices of these women demonstrate how they successfully negotiate the world and achieve social mobility through their own individual agency, skillfully navigating both constraints and opportunities.

Dominguez makes it clear that many immigrant women are able to develop the social support needed for a rich social life, and leverage ties that open options for them to develop their social and human capital. However, she also shows that factors such as neighborhood and domestic violence and the unavailability of social services leave many women without the ability to strategize towards social mobility. Ultimately, Dominguez makes important local and international policy recommendations on issue ranging from public housing to world labor visas, demonstrating how policy can help to improve the lives of these and other low-income people.
ISBN:
9780814720783
9780814720783
Category:
Social mobility
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-12-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
New York University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
278
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x16mm
Weight:
0.45kg

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