Abstract

This study explores the meaning of social class in the lives of five self-identified Mexican male college students. Participants shared the significant influence social class has on their college experience. Intersections of social class and students’ Mexican identity are illuminated throughout the findings. Themes include: social class rules and symbols, the strong influence of cultural and familial messages, the role of gender and class in the Latino culture, and hope and optimism for their family’s future. Implications for creating affirming environments for Latino students and those from families with socioeconomic disadvantage are highlighted.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-3382
Print ISSN
0897-5264
Pages
pp. 50-66
Launched on MUSE
2009-01-17
Open Access
No
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