This project was supported with funds from the University of California-Santa Cruz. Authorship is listed in alphabetical order with both authors contributing equally to the preparation and completion of this project. Special thanks go to Leonardo G. Morales for his support and assistance in arranging data-collection field sites. We also want to recognize Ravi Dutta and Christina Slezinger for their assistance with data entry.
Beliefs About Poverty and Opportunity Among Mexican Immigrant Farm Workers1
Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 35, Issue 6, pages 1132–1149, June 2005
How to Cite
Bullock, H. E. and Waugh, I. M. (2005), Beliefs About Poverty and Opportunity Among Mexican Immigrant Farm Workers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35: 1132–1149. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2005.tb02163.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
This study examined attributions for poverty and beliefs about upward mobility among 124 Mexican immigrant farm workers. The effects of gender and length of United States residency were also analyzed. Despite living in poverty and perceiving racism as a significant problem, respondents expected upward mobility for themselves and their children. Consistent with previous research on low-income and ethnic minority attributions (Bullock, 1999; Hunt, 1996; Kluegel & Smith, 1986), structural explanations for poverty were favored over individualistic causes, however, considerable support for individualistic causes was also expressed. Gender and length of residency were not predictive of immigrants’ beliefs about poverty. Implications for future research are discussed.