ERIC Number: ED040777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-28
Reference Count: 0
Strength of Ethnic Identification and Intergenerational Mobility Aspirations Among Mexican American Youth.
Kuvlesky, William P.; Patella, Victoria M.
Utilizing Talcott Parsons' data from a 1967 study of 4 South Texas counties, the present study involves 596 Mexican American high school sophomores and is based on Parsons' assertion that Spanish American subculture is characterized by the particularism-ascription value pattern. In keeping with this, the present study hypothesized that degree of identification with Mexican American subculture is inversely related to desire for upward intergenerational mobility. Ethnic identification was indicated by an index of the use of Spanish in a variety of situations, and aspiration for intergenerational mobility was measured through cross-classification of the respondent's long-run occupational aspirations with job of main breadwinner in his family. Comparative analysis of "upwardly mobile" and "nonmobile" respondents (by ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sex) as well as comparison of ethnicity scores (by degree of mobility projected for each socioeconomic type by sex) did not support the hypothesis. A concluding discussion is presented of a number of alternatives and their theoretical implications as to whether language usage and occupational achievement could be possible indicators of Mexican American ethnicity. (Author/EL)
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
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Note: Paper presented at the Southwestern Sociological Association meetings, Dallas, Texas, March 26-28, 1970