Class, Ethnicity, Gender and Latino Entrepreneurship

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Drawing on surveys and in-depth interviews, this book examines the social and economic relations of first-generation Latino entrepreneurs. Verdaguer explores social patterns between and within groups, situating immigrant entrepreneurship within concrete geographical, demographic and historical spaces. Her study not only reveals that Latinos' strategies for access to business ownership and for business development are cut across class, ethnic and gender lines, but also that immigrants' options, practices, and social spaces remain largely shaped by patriarchal gender relations within the immigrant family, community and economy. This book is a necessary addition to the literature on immigration, class, gender relations, and the intersectionality of these issues.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Latino Entrepreneurship Reconsidered: An Overview of the Studyp. 1
Theorizing Immigrant Entrepreneurshipp. 13
Divergent Latino Immigrant Stories: Salvadorans and Peruvians in Americap. 31
The Washington Area Opportunity Structure and Latino Entrepreneursp. 50
Class Resources, Group Cohesion and Business Strategiesp. 71
Ethnicity and Business Strategiesp. 93
Gender and Resource Mobilization Strategiesp. 116
Social Networks, Social Capital and Embeddednessp. 146
Conclusion: The Social Bases and Consequences of Latino Entrepreneurshipp. 164
Research Instrumentsp. 179
Study Participants Datap. 187
Notesp. 193
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 211
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