Norma Mendoza-Denton’s Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice among. Latina Youth Gangs is the first major ethnographic work on the Norteña/Sureña. Norma Mendoza-Denton, Homegirls: Language and cultural practice among. Latina youth gangs. Maiden, MA: Blackwell, Pp. vii, Pb $ In this ground-breaking new book on the Nortena and Surena (North/South) youth gang dynamic, cultural anthropologist and linguist Norma Mendoza- Denton.
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In any case, this is a book about much more than language-or perhaps it reveals language to be much more than we think-and it is well worth picking up for an enlightening glimpse of a population that has been ascribed infamy without being known much at al.
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If scientific rigor increases the book’s impact, no one should begrudge Mendoza-Denton the specialization of the latter chapters. The ending, I think, is tedious if you are not a linguist.
It is here that some of the anticipated broad audience, even those with access to an International Phonetic Alphabet cheat-sheet, may begin to find the prose growing drier.
And, in fact, the author challenges us to do so. Elsewhere, she describes how members use the identity markers himegirls language to navigate “Norte” and “Sur” north and south gang networks, displaying or concealing various fluencies for specific rhetorical purposes. Homegirls should rock the very foundations of criminological understandings of gangs, especially concerning female gang members.
Ethnographies and language studies can be really dry unless they’re deftly handled. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Debton Flotron rated it it was amazing May 08, Return to Book Page. I learned a lot about how to conduct good ethnographic research. This account of multilingual mastery gomegirls high school students complicates the highly political issue of what it means to speak Spanish or English in the United States.
Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs
I would have enjoyed it a lot more had we not analyzed it for 3 weeks in class. Jackie rated it really liked it Aug 13, Paperbackpages.
She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: Would you like to change to the site? An engrossing account of the Norte and Sur girl gangs – the largest Latino gangs in California Traces how elements of speech, bodily practices, and symbolic exchanges are used to signal social affiliation and come together to form youth gang styles Explores the relationship between language and the body: You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site.
The breadth and depth are spectacular and the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience.
In a description of eyeliner in “Muy Macha,” she suggests, “Try this at home. It is a very accessible read, so you should certainly read it if you’re interested in the subject matter, regardless of your training. Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04, The first is an evocatively narrated, reflexive, and critical ethnography of the everyday cultural practices and discourse of the homegirls. An engrossing account of the Norte and Sur girl gangs – the largest Latino gangs in California Traces how elements of speech, bodily practices, and symbolic exchanges are used to signal social affiliation and come together to form youth gang styles Explores the relationship between language and the body: Open Preview See a Problem?
Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs by Norma Mendoza-Denton
Without cookies your experience may not be homegirlz. The critical voice that resonates in the interpretive chapters stands down in favor of more scientific aims: It was a bit heavy on the linguistic side of anthropology, which I am not very knowledgeable about, and so a lot of pages I had to ‘trudge through’.
In asserting the argument, Mendoza-Denton has almost written two books. Alex rated it really liked it Oct 22, Request permission to reuse content from this site.
It is, it seems to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it requires acknowledging the position of the audience. To ask other readers questions about Homegirlsplease sign up.
I know of no better demonstration of how linguistic and cultural variables are entwined in social interaction. As an anthropologist, writing vulnerability into her own character seems incredibly important, given the power that she has in presentation.