Building a Family, a Community, and a Life
This chapter focuses on the social integration of Mexican immigrants. The immigrants interviewed in this study display an intense organizational life through participation in one or more associations of various sorts. Thus, the several dimensions of the process of social integration considered in this study—immigration status, families and family networks, access to health-care services, and education and language proficiency—are all permeated by participation in intermediary groups, which are a key element in shaping communities. Some of these associations have objectives clearly linked to Los Angeles. However, the majority reveals a strong presence of transnational ties, given that the place of origin is central to their identities.
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