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Making Los Angeles HomeThe Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States$
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Rafael "Alarcon, Luis Escala, Olga Odgers, and Roger Waldinger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284852

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284852.001.0001

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Social Integration

Social Integration

Building a Family, a Community, and a Life

(p.108) Chapter 5 Social Integration
Making Los Angeles Home

Rafael Alarcón

Luis Escala

Olga Odgers

, Dick Cluster
University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   social integration, Mexican immigrants, organizational life, associations, family networks, health-care services, language proficiency, education, immigration status, transnational ties

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