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ERIC Number: ED066285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
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Ambitions and Opportunities for Social Mobility and Their Consequences for Mexican Americans as Compared with Other Youth.
Wright, David E.; And Others
The findings from a recent study of the occupational and educational status projections of Mexican American, Negro, and Anglo youth are reviewed. The findings were that (1) the status projections of these youth are significantly similar although certain slight differences are noted, and (2) goals established by these youth are predominantly high level goals. These findings serve as bases for investigation concerning the differentials in opportunities and in social support in facilitating these youth in achieving their goals, special emphasis being given the Mexican American relative to Negro and Anglo youth. Tentative conclusions at this point are that Mexican American youth relative to Negroes and Anglos are more severely handicapped in pursuing their goals due to such features as a comparatively lower level of political activism, fewer supporting formal organizations, lack of knowledge and access to knowledge about educational systems and opportunities, language difficulties, and having certain subcultural values which can complicate achievement in the mainstream, Anglo-oriented United States society. Utilizing a theoretical scheme developed by Merton, a speculative inquiry is made into the probable consequences (e.g., heightened political and other social activism, possible "rebellious" activities, counter-cultural movements, and possible coalescence with other ethnic minority organizations) of Mexican American youth experiencing goal blockage. Speculative implications for the Mexican American individual and ethnic group and the larger society are drawn. (Author/NQ)
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
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