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

I learned a lot about how to conduct good ethnographic research. Books by Norma Mendoza-Denton. Sep 25, Travis Hamilton rated it liked it. The second part of the book establishes the detnon 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.

Tara rated it really liked it Jan 29, The epistolary form establishes a paradox that serves the book well: So far, it’s great. It is a very accessible read, so you homegiels certainly read it if you’re interested in the subject matter, regardless of your training. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, xenton scholars worldwide. Great book and a definite inspiration for my own work!


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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. It is, it seems to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it homevirls acknowledging the position of the audience.

Aug 30, Joseph Crupper rated it really liked it. Would you like to change to the site? The normalization of her subjects is equally exciting.

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It’s sure to become a classic. You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. This emerges in the early, more interpretive chapters, which will be of wide, general interest for the urgent relevance of the cultural critique they present.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The writer displayed a great deal of empathy and understanding throughout the book. Sydney rated it really liked it Sep 05, Ashley rated it really liked mendza Apr 19, Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Want to Read saving….

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04, This is engaging and very well written. Mar 01, Laura Farrell rated it really liked it Shelves: Ben rated it it was ok Aug dentn, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Emily rated it liked it Jun 24, In any case, this is a book hoegirls 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.


Preview — Homegirls by Norma Mendoza-Denton. When I write, this is what I want to do. Aug 17, Norma rated it really liked it Shelves: Mendoza-Denton focuses particularly on the Norte and Sur gangs, which are the largest Latino gangs in California.

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 first is an evocatively narrated, reflexive, and critical ethnography of the everyday cultural practices and discourse of the homegirls.

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