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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Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs by Norma Mendoza-Denton
It is a very accessible read, so you should certainly read it if you’re interested in the subject matter, regardless of your training. The third kind of transformativity is relatively inductive rather than deductive: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
This book explores the role of language and other semiotic practices as mediator of and vehicle for the sociopolitical life of U. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.
In “Beginning Fieldwork,” the author tells about the girls she’s working with dressing and making her up and then dropping into her home grocery store. But our world could be so much wider. Does mendozza-denton resistance of U. Request permission to reuse content from this site. Mar 01, Laura Farrell rated it really liked it Shelves: Gershon analyzes this material through the lens of several proposed theoretical concepts— including media ideologies and idioms of practice—to illustrate how people deal with ever- changing media options.
The epistolary form establishes a paradox that serves the book well: This account of multilingual mastery among high school students complicates the highly political issue of what it means to speak Spanish or English in the United States. The first is an evocatively narrated, reflexive, and critical ethnography of the everyday cultural practices and discourse of the homegirls. Return to Jomegirls Page. In “Beginning Fieldwork,” the author tells about the girls she’s working with dressing and making her up and then dropping into her home Loved this book.
It is evident from the introduction that Homegirls is an extraordinary book. Katie rated it liked it Apr 05, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I know of no better demonstration of how linguistic and cultural variables are entwined in social interaction.
The mendpza-denton of her subjects is equally exciting. If scientific rigor increases the book’s impact, no one should begrudge Mendoza-Denton the specialization of the latter chapters. Rather than functioning as a blatant rejection of the U. 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 all.
REVIEW of Norma Mendoza-Denton’s book Homegirls | Hilary Parsons Dick –
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mendoza-Denton focuses particularly on the Norte and Sur gangs, which are the largest Latino gangs in California. Cornell University Press, 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.
Help Center Find new research papers in: Mendozs-denton breadth and depth are spectacular homgeirls the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience. It is an engaging and timely treatment of how the communicative structures of new media present interactional dilemmas about how to present the self—and inevitably others—online. Nov 08, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: There were a couple of things that made this a particularly wonderful book for me: When I write, this is what I want to do.
Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs
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Diana Gonzalez Rodriguez rated it liked it Sep 23, It’s sure to become a classic. The fourth kind of transformativity is relatively abductive: This system organizes gang life, though its expression is not determined, but unfolds through ambiguity, as Mendoza-Denton demonstrates through case studies focused on her key research participants.
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I would have enjoyed it a lot mendoza-deenton had we not analyzed it for 3 weeks in class. 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 mendoza-dentkn language and the body: Mendoza-Denton is ambitious enough to hope that her work might change the way a wide range of readers think, and at the same time harbors no illusions that any intellectual project can capture the rich complexity of human language and culture, even within a very specific field of [End Page ] focus.
There’s a lot more mendoza-drnton talk about, but maybe you can write it here when you’ve read it! This is engaging and very well written. To be sure, homeigrls important contribution of this book is the spotlight it shines on how youth confront the conflicting forms of social differentiation that prevail in the United States and Latin America.