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Barriers to Ethnic Entrepreneurship: The Latino Experience in Northern Virginia

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Drawing from a qualitative pilot study on Northern Virginia immigrant Latinos, this paper will address an important aspect of the immigrant experience that has unfortunately received little emphasis: the entrepreneurial capacity of skilled Latino and Latina workers in both manual and professional occupations. The question that drives our research is straightforward: What social factors help explain why rates of Latino business formation and self-employment –the traditional routes to immigrant integration and empowerment— have lagged behind those of other immigrant groups? Through in-depth interviews (N=75) with Latino and Latina immigrants from both working- and middle-class backgrounds, we will examine the degree to which social, organizational and cultural factors impinge on their economic activities. We expect preliminary findings of this study will draw attention to the multiple contributions the Latino community stands to make through the establishment of business ventures that can provide levels of economic integration and growth that have not yet been fully tapped. Further, we anticipate that such findings will be of use to social policies adopted by decision makers in the region, including human service organizations, business groups, and non-governmental organizations as well.

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immigrant entrepreneurship, Latino sociology, immigrant integration, gender and migration, economic sociology
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Verdaguer, Maria-Eugenia. "Barriers to Ethnic Entrepreneurship: The Latino Experience in Northern Virginia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City, Aug 10, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p184057_index.html>

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Verdaguer, M. , 2007-08-10 "Barriers to Ethnic Entrepreneurship: The Latino Experience in Northern Virginia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p184057_index.html

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Abstract: Drawing from a qualitative pilot study on Northern Virginia immigrant Latinos, this paper will address an important aspect of the immigrant experience that has unfortunately received little emphasis: the entrepreneurial capacity of skilled Latino and Latina workers in both manual and professional occupations. The question that drives our research is straightforward: What social factors help explain why rates of Latino business formation and self-employment –the traditional routes to immigrant integration and empowerment— have lagged behind those of other immigrant groups? Through in-depth interviews (N=75) with Latino and Latina immigrants from both working- and middle-class backgrounds, we will examine the degree to which social, organizational and cultural factors impinge on their economic activities. We expect preliminary findings of this study will draw attention to the multiple contributions the Latino community stands to make through the establishment of business ventures that can provide levels of economic integration and growth that have not yet been fully tapped. Further, we anticipate that such findings will be of use to social policies adopted by decision makers in the region, including human service organizations, business groups, and non-governmental organizations as well.

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