Mexican, immigration, religion, social capital, Spanish
This study examines the role of religion in promoting the success of Mexican immigrants, as measured by typical U.S. standards of success, including income, education, assets (such as homeownership), and health, including access to health insurance, controlling for age, education, gender, and ability to speak English. These measures are analyzed against various indicators of religiosity. The hypothesis driving the research is: religiosity increases an immigrant's success in the United States. This hypothesis was informed by social capital theory, and a distinction is made between bridging and bonding forms of social capital. The results show only a very weak correlation between religion and success, as measured by the data. Also, immigrants attending churches where Spanish is spoken, and those with mainly Mexican immigrant populations are less likely to enjoy success, implying that bonding forms of social capital actually work against them.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Dodge, Jamie, "Living And Thriving In The Land Of Milk And Honey: Religion And The Success Of Mexican Immigrants To The United States" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3447.