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Chapter 7. Solving Problems Through Peri... > CASE STUDY REVISITED: Patricia Wynje...

CASE STUDY REVISITED: Patricia Wynjenek's Office

Department of Anthropology ▪ Hastings University ▪ Las Palmas, New Mexico

Patricia Wynjenek felt good. She had recently returned from a highly successful sabbatical leave to the Mexican-American border, specifically to Indigo, Texas, where she had studied economic survival strategies of low-income Mexican Americans. Through her research protocol, which included participant observation and interviews with about one hundred residents of one of the poorer barrios of Indigo, she was able to collect much useful information on the ways that the residents of Indigo survived economically and kept their families intact in the face of the kind of adversities that have fractured similar kinds of poverty-stricken communities in many other urban areas. Patricia thought rightly that Indigo needed to be studied, both to determine the factors that make it unique and to suggest social policies and programs that state and federal governments might adopt to serve more efficiently their poorest citizens.


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