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Durable Ethnicity: Mexican Americans and the Ethnic Core

Edward Telles and Christina A. Sue


Despite the common perception that most persons of Mexican origin in the United States are undocumented immigrants or the young children of immigrants, the majority are citizens and have been living in the United States for three or more generations. On many dimensions of integration, this group initially makes strides on education, English language use, socioeconomic status, intermarriage, residential segregation, and political participation, but progress on some dimensions halts at the second generation as poverty rates remain high and educational attainment declines for the third and fourth ... More

Keywords: Mexico, assimilation, education attainment, ethnic identity, Mexican American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190221492
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190221492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Telles, author
Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Christina A. Sue, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder