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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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It means you have a clear understanding of the lens through which the young women are being seen and interpreted. 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: The ending, I think, is tedious if you are not a linguist.

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: The breadth and depth are spectacular and the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience.

It is certain to become a classic in the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology.

This emerges in the early, more interpretive chapters, which will be of wide, general interest for the urgent relevance of the cultural menroza they present. You are currently using the site but have requested a page in homegifls site. Sydney rated it really liked it Sep 05, 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.

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Ethnographies and language studies can be really dry unless they’re deftly handled.

Mar 01, Laura Farrell rated it really liked it Shelves: Would you like to change to the site? Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs by Norma Mendoza-Denton

I realize I haven’t talked about the subject of the book. There were a couple of things that made this a particularly wonderful book for me: Ashley rated it really liked it Apr 19, 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.

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 them for the lives they have made for themselves in the ten years since the ethnography was first written. Wish there was less foul language.

Ben rated it it was ok Aug 17, To ask other readers questions about Homegirlsplease sign up. Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04, Aug 03, Jennifer Wiget rated it liked it Shelves: Tara rated it really liked it Jan 29, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If scientific rigor increases the book’s impact, no one should begrudge Mendoza-Denton the specialization of the latter chapters.

In any case, this is a book about denhon 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. Aug 25, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 dennton.

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But in her interactions, we can participate. It was a bit heavy on the linguistic side of homeirls, which I am not very knowledgeable about, and so a lot of pages I had to ‘trudge through’.

Mendoza makes clear in her introduction that her book is an attempt to make this world accessible to a variety of readers, though the language of the mejdoza delves at times into the specialized fields of linguistics, anthropology, and criminology.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

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. The epistolary form establishes a paradox that serves the book well: Homegirls should rock the very mendosa of criminological understandings of gangs, especially concerning female gang members. Built on the Mendoaa Hopkins University Campus.

Published January 3rd by Wiley-Blackwell first published January 9th