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Income and Veteran Status: Variations Among Mexican Americans, Blacks and Anglos

Harley L. Browning, Sally C. Lopreato and Dudley L. Poston, Jr.
American Sociological Review
Vol. 38, No. 1 (Feb., 1973), pp. 74-85
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2094332
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

While the effects of social origin variables on the status attainment process of individuals are well recognized, the influence of career contingencies-events occurring subsequent to the determination of social origin status-are less well explored. Using the 1/100 Public Use Sample of the 1960 U.S. Census, we examine the effects of one career contingency-military service-with respect to current income for three ethnic groups, Mexican Americans, blacks, and Anglos in five Southwestern states. Contrary to expectations based on Anglo-dominated statistics in which nonveterans report higher average income than veterans, among both blacks and Mexican Americans, veterans have higher average income than nonveterans. The concept of a "bridging environment" as applied to military service is used to interpret the minority patterns.

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