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Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing, and Immigrant Networks

Silvia Dominguez


This book tells the compelling stories of Latin-American immigrant women living in public housing in two Boston-area neighborhoods. It argues that these immigrant women parlay social ties that provide support and leverage to develop networks and achieve social positioning to get ahead. The strong voices of these women demonstrate how they successfully negotiate the world and achieve social mobility through their own individual agency, skillfully navigating both constraints and opportunities. The book makes it clear that many immigrant women are able to develop the social support needed for a r ... More

Keywords: Latin-American immigrant women, public housing, Boston, social mobility, violence, social services, low-income people

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814720776
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Silvia Dominguez, author