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ERIC Number: ED106041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-28
Pages: 29
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Toward Economic Development of the Chicano Barrio: Alternative Strategies and Their Implications.
Matta, Benjamin N., Jr.
Most Chicanos live in relatively well-defined areas called "barrios" within urban areas. These barrios are growing in population density due to such long-term forces as the: (1) declining opportunities in rural areas due to the gradual labor displacement and/or the bleak economic prospects faced by the smaller farm in this country; (2) continuing population influx of legal or illegal Mexican nationals; and (3) continuing intensive physical segregation and racism which keeps residents of Chicano barrios from moving out. The majority of the Chicano community depends on its labor power for its economic livelihood. Yet, in April 1970 the unemployment rate was 6.1% for Chicano males; only 61.8 percent of the male household heads and 23.7 percent of the female family heads worked full-time year round. This paper presents a descriptive economic analysis that will build on what are considered major premises and conclusions of research on the Chicano community to date. Alternative means and implications toward economic development of the barrio as they have appeared since 1960 are described and assessed: private sector-public sector cooperation; promotion of Chicano capitalism; reform of the entire mechanism of public goods provisions; community economic self-determination; and Trickle Down Approach. (NQ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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