Hispanic Families at Risk

The New Economy, Work, and the Welfare State

  • Ronald J. Angel
  • Jacqueline L.  Angel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel
    Pages 1-15
  3. Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel
    Pages 17-33
  4. Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel
    Pages 35-46
  5. Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel
    Pages 47-60
  6. Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel
    Pages 61-78
  7. Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel
    Pages 79-99
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 117-138

About this book

Introduction

Hispanic Families at Risk: The New Economy, Work, and the Welfare State
by Ronald Angel, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
and Jacqueline Angel, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

 

In the United States, work is the key to economic success, as well as the major source of health care coverage and retirement security. While Europeans look to the State for these benefits, Americans for the most part do not. This system of employment-based benefits means that those disadvantaged in the labor market are also disadvantaged in terms of health care coverage and retirement security.

The authors of this work examine the overrepresentation of Mexican Americans in low wage or service sector jobs, which rarely come with health insurance or retirement coverage. At all ages, Mexican Americans have lower rates of health insurance and retirement coverage than do other minority groups, such as African Americans or other Hispanic groups.

Although employment in jobs that do not provide benefits is one major source of this disparity, other factors, including immigration history, citizenship status, and language proficiency, contribute to the blocked opportunities for upward mobility that the Hispanic population faces.

In their analysis, the authors work to deemphasize cultural or individual failure explanations of the persistent economic and benefit disparities between Hispanics and other groups, and focus on the role of institutionalized structural factors. In each chapter, the authors identify and critique the factors that affect the economic security and health care access of individuals throughout the life course, suggesting policies for reform.

This work will be of interest to anyone working in the fields of cultural studies, public health and the sociology of work. With the focus on real world causes for the problems as well as potential solutions, policy-makers will also find this informative book an essential resource.

Keywords

Cultural Studies Nation Public Health Welfare Welfare State income migration

Authors and affiliations

  • Ronald J. Angel
    • 1
  • Jacqueline L.  Angel
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. SociologyUniversity of Texas, AustinAustinU.S.A.
  2. 2.Dept. SociologyUniversity of Texas, AustinAustinU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0474-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-0473-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-0474-4
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