don't participate in community affairs or community organizations. Very few parents show up at PTA meetings, Scout pack meetings, or at church, social, or action groups" ( Rahm 1958:11). Today, with increasing economic resources and acculturation, even this picture is changing, at least in Albuquerque.
However, it must be remembered that Spanish-Americans, like anyone else, join those organizations which benefit them. Most Anglo organizations have not served the needs of Hispanos who have different life styles and goals. But as these change, so do both the joining habits of the Hispanos themselves and their acceptability as a class to the Anglo-dominated organizations. And finally, in addition to joining more and more of the existing Anglo groups, there is evidence that the pattern of organized activity for generalized as well as for specific goals seems to be increasing in importance among Hispanos. Thus, groups like the Alianza, although superficially organized for the specific purpose of regaining lost lands, have a broader purpose in fighting discrimination and dissatisfaction among lower-income, less- privileged sectors. This new concept of organization seems related to the general trend toward modernization which has been gaining impetus over the past twenty years, or since World War II, and which will be discussed in detail in the final chapters.