Getting Ahead: "social Mobility, Public Housing, And Immigrant Networks" by Silvia DominguezGetting Ahead: "social Mobility, Public Housing, And Immigrant Networks" by Silvia Dominguez

Getting Ahead: "social Mobility, Public Housing, And Immigrant Networks"

bySilvia Dominguez

Hardcover | December 20, 2010

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Getting Ahead tells the compelling stories of Latin-American immigrant women living in public housing in two Boston-area neighborhoods. Silvia Domínguez 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 demonstratehow they successfully negotiate the world and achieve social mobility through their own individual agency, skillfullynavigating both constraints and opportunities.

Domínguez 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, Domínguez 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.

Title:Getting Ahead: "social Mobility, Public Housing, And Immigrant Networks"Format:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 20, 2010Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814720773

ISBN - 13:9780814720776

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Editorial Reviews

"Getting Ahead by Silvia Dominguez makes an important contribution to the urban poverty literature by investigating the well being of low-income Latin American immigrants and their children in the post-welfare reform era. . . I urge readers to purchase this excellent book."
-David Varady,Teachers College Record