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The Mexican American family : tradition and change / Norma Williams.

By: Williams, Norma.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Reynolds series in sociology. Publisher: Dix Hills, N.Y. : General Hall, c1990Description: x, 170 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0930390261; 0930390253 (pbk.).Subject(s): Mexican American familiesLOC classification: E184.M5 | W53 1990
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 160-166) and index.

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Few US ethnic groups have been subject to more uninformed stereotyping or unfair caricaturing than those who fall under the broad rubric "Hispanic." This book, although dealing with but a small segment of the largest subgroup of that highly variegated "minority" category, is a most useful contribution to the literature of family sociology and to the study of culture, character, and ethnicity, "American-style." From extensive interviews and participant observation of married couples in four Texas towns of varying sizes, Williams details the history, patterns of living (including a description of and modifications in traditional life-cycle rituals according to background), generation and social class, status arrangements, and sex-role expectations of her Mexican American subjects. Her systematic and "objective" analysis is partially informed by the perspective of the insider (she herself is Mexican American). William's brief but thoughtful discussion of her methodology and field work and of the challenge of being both insider and outsider is an added bonus to this interesting, informative, and important study. All levels.

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