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Getting AheadSocial Mobility, Public Housing, and Immigrant Networks$
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Silvia Dominguez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720776

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720776.001.0001

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Leverage-Based Social Positioning

Leverage-Based Social Positioning

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Getting Ahead

Silvia Domínguez

NYU Press

This chapter explores the difficulties of leverage-based social positioning. Leverage describes ties that help individuals “get ahead” or change their opportunity structure. At face value, having leveraging ties, even with little support, might seem like an adequate and potentially advantageous social position that would lead to social mobility, but social support is necessary to take advantage of opportunities that leveraging ties might bring. The chapter illustrates how difficult it is for women who lack support to maximize their leveraging ties and exposes the difficulties inherent in disadvantaged social locations and particularly the significance of a lesbian status in the personal networks of immigrant women.

Keywords:   leverage, social locations, social positioning, social mobility, social support, leveraging ties, lesbianism, immigrant women

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