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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Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04, In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: I realize I haven’t talked about the subject of the book.
But I’ve read lots of interesting subjects, I’m more excited about the awesome ways that she approaches it. It is evident from the introduction that Homegirls is an extraordinary book.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Rebekka Flotron rated it it was amazing May 08, Sep 12, Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: Abby rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Already at this point in the book, I was fascinated to learn that language can constitute such a broad area.
A good read for an anthropologist, sociologist, academic If scientific rigor increases the book’s impact, no one should begrudge Mendoza-Denton the specialization of the latter chapters. The breadth and depth are spectacular and the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience. 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’.
Indeed, as the book progresses, Mendoza-Denton will make use of not only speech, but many complex symbolic signals and exchanges that connect her participants to the larger cultural practices of binary identities, gender, and national relationships. Kayla rated it liked it Dec 12, Homegirls should rock the very foundations of criminological understandings of gangs, especially concerning female gang members.
I learned a lot about how to conduct good ethnographic research. It’s sure to become a classic. As an anthropologist, writing vulnerability into her own character seems incredibly important, given the power that she has in presentation.
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Published January 3rd by Wiley-Blackwell first published January 9th Series New Directions in Ethnography. She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: Thus humanist readers may begin to lose interest just as the linguists sigh “Finally! Lists with This Book. The first is an evocatively narrated, reflexive, and critical ethnography of the everyday cultural practices and discourse of the homegirls.
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But in her interactions, we can participate.
In a description of eyeliner in “Muy Macha,” she suggests, “Try this at home. So far, it’s great. Normally in anthropology, we the audience are kept safely, superiorly, away from them the subjects.
Would you like to change to the site? Katrina rated it really liked it May 11, The motivation to unpack these rich instances of social communication lies in Mendoza-Denton’s ethnographic commitment to take the points of view of her subjects seriously; her linguistic approach enables her to do so in outstanding detail. Aug 25, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ethnographies and language studies can be really dry unless they’re deftly handled.
Enjoyed looking into the sociocultural aspects that were shared in the book. It is, it seems to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it requires acknowledging the position ohmegirls the audience.
The second part of the book establishes the credibility of her arguments as linguistic science by shifting from the contextual and more generally cultural questions of the first part to a much more specifically linguistic and quantitative study. And, in fact, the author challenges us to do so. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Nov 08, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: That she respects the participants in her ethnography is clear from the note she writes directly to them in her introduction, in which she praises mrndoza for the lives they have made for themselves in the ten years since the ethnography was first written.
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