By Clancy Martin
Bobby Clark is simply 16 while he drops out of college to stick to his huge brother, Jim, into the jewellery company. Bobby idolizes Jim and is in awe of Jim's female friend, Lisa, the simplest saleswoman on the fortress worthy Deluxe Diamond trade.
What follows is the tale of a tender man's schooling in of the oldest human passions, love and funds. via a gloomy, sharp lens, Clancy Martin captures the posh company in all its beautiful vulgarity and outrageous fraud, discovering within the diamond-and-watch exchange a metaphor for the yank soul at work.
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Most believe they will or already have attained the dream. ” Many believe this goal is attainable, but very few feel like they have achieved it. How do these two distinct visions of the American dream compare with those held by Latinos? Table 2-1â•…c omparison of the representativeness of survey respondents and answers to american dream questions, among 2004 ncl and 2007 lrp survey respondents 2007 Respondents Comparison 2004 Respondents Representativeness of â•… survey respondents General population Exclusively blueincluding more white collar collar, working-class Most frequently cited definition Living in freedom Economic security â•… of American dream Most frequently cited barrier Poor quality of education Income/employment â•… to American dream concerns Percentage who believe they â•… have achieved the American â•… dream 66% NCL = National League of Cities; LRP = Lake Research Partners 18% Trying for the Americano Dream b 33 Living the Americano Dream Unlike the surveys, in which respondents were asked direct questions, the focus groups were not specifically solicited for their thoughts on the American dream.
The focus group discussions demonstrate a wide range of differing views on these issues. We hear signs of despair and continuing frustration regarding both relationships with other Latinos and with other racial and ethnic groups generally. However, we also hear voices asserting positive change and improvement. Immigrants seem to be more optimistic than members of later generations, but overall the focus groups portray a sense of the complexity and great variety of 24 b Chapter 1 views on these matters.
Cuban Americans, for example, have consistently expressed a closer affiliation to the Republican Party and a more conservative bent on some public policy issues than Latinos of Mexican origin. Mexican immigrants, for their part, are considerably more conservative on social issues than either Puerto Ricans or Cuban Americans. In the chapters that follow we point out national-origin differences whenever they appear relevant. Some chapters highlight similarities and differences among Latinos from multiple national-origin groups.