"Utilizing interviews, non-participant observation, participant observation, and ethnography, [Vallejo] provides a rich contextual description of middle-class immigrant life."Cynthia E. Orozco, Journal of American Studies
"This clearly organized, succinct book adds to a growing body of scholarship on the identities and experiences of Mexican Americans. . . Recommended." G. L. Ochoa, CHOICE
"Vallejo tackles an extremely important topic which others have not been willing or able to seethe rise of a Mexican American middle class. Challenging prevailing views, this book focuses not on predictions of downward assimilation, but on the real means by which children of Mexican immigrants are joining the middle class."Rubén Hernández-León, University of California, Los Angeles
"Barrios to Burbs is the important and largely untold story of the Mexican American middle class. By taking us inside the lives of middle-class Mexican Americans, Vallejo demonstrates how the socioeconomic diversity among people of Mexican descent offers both promise and potential peril for the people she studies. This is a landmark book and a must read for anyone who hopes to understand America's largest ethnic group in all of its complexity."Tomás R. Jiménez, Stanford University, author of Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity
"A sensitive, compelling, and engaging account based on in-depth research of an overlooked and understudied population: the Mexican American middle class. Full of insights about patterns of family obligation and ethnic identification among themas well as different pathways to middle-class statusthis richly drawn study is an important contribution to our understanding of immigration and diversity in 21st century America."Nancy Foner, Hunter College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York, author of In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration
About the Author
Jody Agius Vallejo is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California.