By Gilda L. Ochoa
At the floor, Mexican americans and Mexican immigrants to the USA appear to percentage a standard cultural identification yet frequently make uneasy acquaintances. Discrimination and assimilationist rules have prompted generations of Mexican americans in order that a few now worry that the prestige they've got received by way of assimilating into American society might be jeopardized via Spanish-speaking beginners. different Mexican americans, even though, undertake a place of staff unity and paintings to higher the social stipulations and academic possibilities of Mexican immigrants. concentrating on the Mexican-origin, working-class urban of l. a. Puente in la County, California, this publication examines Mexican americans' daily attitudes towards and interactions with Mexican immigrants--a subject that has to this point obtained little critical learn. utilizing in-depth interviews, player observations, university board assembly mins, and different old files, Gilda Ochoa investigates how Mexican american citizens are negotiating their relationships with immigrants at an interpersonal point within the areas the place they store, worship, research, and lift their households. This study into day-by-day lives highlights the centrality of girls within the means of negotiating and development groups and sheds new gentle on id formation and team mobilization within the U.S. and on academic concerns, specifically bilingual schooling. It additionally enhances prior experiences at the influence of immigration at the wages and employment possibilities of Mexican americans. (200601)
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For example, as scholars have documented, de jure segregation has become de facto segregation in the school system (G. Gonzalez ). ’’ Just as de facto segregation persists in the overrepresentation of Mexican-origin students in underfunded urban schools, they also may experience segregation within schools in the form of curriculum tracking that can lead to their overrepresentation in vocational and non–college preparatory courses and course placements that may be racially skewed to their disadvantage (Oakes ; Orﬁeld ).
Society by acquiring the English language and middle-class, Anglo American values and traditions. Assimilationists often equate the experiences of Mexicans with those of Southern and Eastern European immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century. The underlying belief is that Mexicans, like Irish, Italian, and Jewish Americans, will gradually assimilate into the dominant society. S. values. ’’ Power-conﬂict theorists focus on the persisting inequalities of power and resources as they are structured in society.
Within this paradigm, ‘‘Mexican culture’’ and ‘‘American culture’’ are often portrayed as static and dichotomous, without consideration for their heterogeneity, intersectionality, or simultaneity—that is, the ways they are diverse and in ﬂux, inﬂuence one another, and may overlap. This paradigm also tends to neglect the distinct social factors and processes that have resulted in migration as well as the diﬀerent conditions that groups have faced while in the United States (Blauner ; Mario Barrera ; Steinberg ; Portes and Rumbaut ).
Becoming neighbors in a Mexican American community: power, conflict, and solidarity by Gilda L. Ochoa