For many entrepreneurs, the American Dream remains only partially fulfilled. Unequal outcomes between the middle and lower classes, men and women, and Lati/as, whites, and blacks highlight continuing inequalities and constraints within American society. With a focus on a diverse group of Lati entrepreneurs, this book explores how class, gender, race, and ethnicity all shape Lati entrepreneurs' capacity to succeed in business in the United States. Bringing intersectionality into conversation with theories of ethnic entrepreneurship, Zulema Valdez considers how various factors create, maintain, and transform the social and ecomic lives of Lati entrepreneurs. While certain group identities may impose unequal, if t discriminatory, starting positions, membership in these same social groups can provide opportunities to mobilize resources together. Valdez reveals how Lati entrepreneurs-as members of oppressed groups on the one hand, yet rugged individualists striving for the American Dream on the other-work to recreate their own positions within American society.
Zulema Valdez is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University.