Category: Middle Class: Identity and Challenges

A Few Shocks Away from Poverty

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Growing up in Lima Peru, I can remember people saying, “There is no middle class.” This was an exaggeration. Not all the non-poor were rich—far from it—but the differences in the living …

What is The Middle Class in Mexico?

English + Español
“El Santuario”—the sanctuary—is an exclusive residential gated community in the town of San Pedro Garza García in northern Mexico. Tucked into the hills, the neighborhood is home to mansions worth…

COVID-19 IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS IN MEXICO

English + Español
I’m from the state of Puebla, a medium-sized city in central Mexico. Over the past two years, I’ve observed as at least one out of every ten local residents has fallen from the middle class into poverty…

Firefly Dynamics

As the mestizo grandson of Bolivian Indigenous farmers and Scottish aristocratic landowners, I’ve long been fascinated by social mixing and mobility. Growing up in the…

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