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Neighborhood Poverty and Segregation in the (Re-)Production of Disadvantage

Mexican Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Los Angeles


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Dolores Trevizo, Mary Lopez
    Pages 55-83
  3. Dolores Trevizo, Mary Lopez
    Pages 85-114
  4. Dolores Trevizo, Mary Lopez
    Pages 115-141
  5. Dolores Trevizo, Mary Lopez
    Pages 167-175
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-211

About this book


Focusing on shopkeepers in Latino/a neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Dolores Trevizo and Mary Lopez reveal how neighborhood poverty affects the business performance of Mexican immigrant entrepreneurs. Their survey of shopkeepers in twenty immigrant neighborhoods demonstrates that even slightly less impoverished, multiethnic communities offer better business opportunities than do the highly impoverished, racially segregated Mexican neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Their findings reveal previously overlooked aspects of microclass, as well as “legal capital” advantages. The authors argue that even poor Mexican immigrants whose class backgrounds in Mexico imparted an entrepreneurial disposition can achieve a modicum of business success in the right (U.S.) neighborhood context, and the more quickly they build legal capital, the better their outcomes. While the authors show that the local place characteristics of neighborhoods both reflect and reproduce class and racial inequalities, they also demonstrate that the diversity of experience among Mexican immigrants living within the spatial boundaries of these communities can contribute to economic mobility.


Entrepreneurship Small business emmigration immigration Mexican-American stratification Neighborhoods Stratification theory social capital Neighborhood poverty Class divide Los Angeles Immigration business Business outcomes Upward mobility inter-generational knowledge inter-generational mobility Pierre Bourdieu

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentOccidental CollegeLos Angeles, CAUSA
  2. 2.Economics DepartmentOccidental CollegeLos Angeles, CAUSA

About the authors

Dolores Trevizo is Professor of Sociology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Mary Lopez is Associate Professor of Economics at Occidental College, in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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