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Upstairs, Downstairs

Winter 2022 | Volume XXI, Number 2

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by June Carolyn Erlick

Middle Class: Identity and Challenges

A Few Shocks Away from Poverty

A Few Shocks Away from Poverty

English + Español
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?

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…

Firefly Dynamics

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…

Race, Immigration and Social Mobility

Let’s Talk about Resilience

Let’s Talk about Resilience

English + Español
When I joined the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) family in October 2019, I never imagined that a few months later I would experience both the pain and…

Qualified but Rejected

Qualified but Rejected

English + Español
As of 2021, more than six million Venezuelans had left a crisis-ridden country in search of a decent life that is not plagued by food insecurity and the lack of other basic needs. Close to five million of them…

Waiting for Rain

Waiting for Rain

Just before the beginning of the pandemic, I traveled to Sevilla, Colombia, to meet with Yudith Leguí, a participant in my sociological research, whom I first interviewed in 2016 in El…

Focus on Domestic Workers

Invisible Commutes

Invisible Commutes

English + Español
Belén García, a Colombian domestic worker, wakes up at five in the morning every day in her home in the chilly mountains of southeastern Bogotá. After taking a shower, she dresses in several…

Book Talk

Savoring the Maya Past

Savoring the Maya Past

Every now and then, a book review request lands at just the right time to contemplate, even savor the work. I read and mused over Her Cup for Sweet Cacao as part of my journey from the United…