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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You are currently using the site but homeegirls requested a page in the site. 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.

Help Center Find new research papers in: This book explores the role of language and other semiotic practices as mediator of and vehicle for the sociopolitical life of U.

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. Thus homehirls as an audience must understand that language becomes an intricate system of signs that can include make-up, music, hairstyles, consumer items, and a host of other symbols that make up the cultural and personal homegiirls of a person.

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Rather than functioning as a blatant rejection of the U. Easton Road Glenside, PA dickh arcadia. Ashley rated it really liked it Apr 19, She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: Jackie rated it really liked it Aug 13, Gershon analyzes this uomegirls 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.

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Moreover, such studies give poor attention to the social history and wider symbolic context of linguistic forms. Katie rated it liked it Apr 05, Yet attending to these dimensions of social life is crucial to understanding the significance of a given linguistic variation as well as trends in variation over time, as Mendoza-Denton shows.


Disconnecting over New Media. Mendoza-Denton focuses particularly on the Norte and Sur gangs, which are the mendoaa-denton Latino gangs in California. Chapter 1 illustrates that media choice—such as breaking up via text message versus in person—is a routine feature of contemporary breakup narratives.

Katrina rated it really liked it May 11, Kayla rated it liked it Dec 12, Mar 01, Laura Farrell rated it really liked it Shelves: Linguistic anthropologists, in this important volume and elsewhere, have concentrated on social relations as a particular kind!

Mendoza-Denton counters this misapprehension with a study of gang life drawn from the perspective of homegirla members and their sympathizers. Alex rated it really liked it Oct 22, Normally in anthropology, we the audience are kept safely, superiorly, away from them the subjects. Emily rated it liked it Jun 24, Indeed, the core argument of the book is that the group it represents carries on a densely layered cultural life that is misunderstood in stereotype and too much social science as merely a symptom of social pathology and acultural deviance.

A good read for an anthropologist, sociologist, academic Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. 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.

This is a crucial point that does not come across as lucidly as it would have if the author had discussed the homegirks hemispheric localism is performed through Th-Pro usage.

At the same time, it is with respect to the discussion of Th-Pro that I must acknowledge a frustration.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

Richelle rated it it was amazing Sep 06, I realize I haven’t talked about the subject of the book. There’s a lot more to talk about, but maybe you can write it here when you’ve read it!

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Series New Directions in Ethnography. Aug 25, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing 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 them for the lives they have made mendoza-dentob themselves in the ten years since the ethnography was first written.


Mendoza-Denton shows that the girls super- impose on Th-Pro the highly stigmatized grammatical innovation of discourse marking, as in: The epistolary form establishes a paradox that serves the book well: Books by Norma Mendoza-Denton.

We are – my words, not her’s – voyeurs and the subjects are exotic. It is, it seems to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it requires acknowledging the position of the audience.

Language and Cultural Practice among Latina Youth Gangs provides a critical correction to the ways that the penalization of unauthorized immigration criminalizes and racializes Latin American immigrants and U.

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

I learned a lot about how homeirls conduct good ethnographic research. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

To be sure, an 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.

However, such studies fail to grasp dimensions of social life that ethnographic research is especially well suited to capture. This account of multilingual mastery among high school students homegirsl the highly political issue of what it means to speak Spanish or English in the United States. Rather, this usage distinguishes the leaders of both gangs from the peripheral members pg.

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