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Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036446

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036446.001.0001

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Social-class Origins and Trajectories

Social-class Origins and Trajectories

(p.19) Chapter One Social-class Origins and Trajectories

Jesus Ramirez-Valles

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the social-class origins of the Latino GBT activists, the compañeros. It proposes that social-class origins shaped some of these compañeros' life circumstances. That is, the social-class location of the families in which the activists were raised was one factor, if not the most significant, among several. For instance, some of the men who grew up in a poor or working-class environment began working early in their childhood or youth, did not go to college, and emigrated to the United States. As adults, some of them also experienced homelessness and unemployment. Only in very few instances are these Latino GBTs able to change the course set by the social class into which they were born. However, the improvement some of them have made in their social-class standing has been due to their own resiliency or to random events.

Keywords:   social-class origins, Latino GBT activists, Latino GBTs, social class

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