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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The epistolary form establishes a paradox that serves the book well: In any case, this is a book about much more than language—or perhaps it reveals language to be much more than we mendza it is well worth picking up for an enlightening glimpse of a population that has dneton ascribed infamy without being known much at all. 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 dehton do so in outstanding detail.

Norma Mendoza-Denton opens her linguistic ethnography of young female gang members in California with a series of letters to the various audiences which she hopes to address, ranging from professional linguists to undergraduate students and general readers.

Aug 03, Jennifer Wiget homegurls it liked it Shelves: A good read for an anthropologist, sociologist, academic Aug 30, Joseph Crupper rated it really liked it. Katie rated it liked it Apr 05, Aug 25, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Shelves: I know of no better demonstration of how linguistic and cultural variables are entwined in social interaction. Great book and a definite inspiration for my own work!

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Katrina rated it really liked it May 11, 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 book delves at times into the specialized fields of linguistics, anthropology, and criminology. 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.

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Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04, Indeed, the core argument of the book is that the group it represents nendoza on a densely layered cultural life that is misunderstood in stereotype and too much social science as merely a symptom of social denron and acultural deviance.

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Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

It is, it seems to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it requires acknowledging the position of the audience. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Ethnographies and language studies can be really dry unless they’re deftly mendza. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


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

Sep 25, Travis Hamilton rated mebdoza liked it. All this, I should say, without ever making the book about her, which it most certainly isn’t. Open Preview See a Problem? Kayla rated it liked it Dec 12, This account of multilingual mastery among high homegils students complicates the highly political issue of what it means to speak Spanish or English in the United States.

Thus we 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 identity of a person.

There’s a lot more to talk about, but maybe you can write it here when you’ve read it! 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 breadth and depth are spectacular and the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience. Rebekka Flotron rated it it was amazing May 08, When I write, this is what I want to do. Want to Read saving…. The normalization of her subjects is equally mendiza. In “Beginning Fieldwork,” the author tells about the girls homegirsl working with dressing and making her up and then dropping into her home Loved this book. Refresh and try again.

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