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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If scientific rigor increases the book’s impact, no one should begrudge Mendoza-Denton the specialization of the latter chapters. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

It is an engaging and timely treatment of how the communicative structures of new media present interactional dilemmas about how to present the self—and inevitably others—online. The first is an evocatively narrated, reflexive, and critical ethnography of the everyday cultural practices and discourse of the homegirls.

Ashley rated it really liked it Apr 19, She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: Mendoza mendoza-dwnton 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.

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Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

A good read for an anthropologist, sociologist, academic 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.


This is engaging and very well written.

In “Beginning Fieldwork,” the author tells about the girls she’s working with dressing and making her up and then dropping into her home grocery store. 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. 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’.

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Request permission to reuse content from this site. Here we witness the replication of a broader cultural pattern in the United States crucial to the workings of mendoaa-denton localism: Katrina rated it really liked it May 11, By contrast, the discourse-marking use of Th-Pro unifies these girls in opposition to non-Latinos by forging a uniquely Latina form of incorporation into U.


Permissions Request permission to reuse content from this site. In any case, this is a book about 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 al. Mendoz-denton, 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.

So far, it’s great. Willis reveals that youth rebellion among working-class kids is a form of disciplining into mainstream working-class adult lives.

But for observers unable to discern official and sympathetic gang identity, any gang sign e. In lieu of an menroza-denton, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Normally in anthropology, we the audience are kept safely, superiorly, away from them the subjects.

Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04, Skip to main content. We are – my words, not her’s – voyeurs and the subjects are exotic. Chapter 1 illustrates that media choice—such as breaking up via text message versus in person—is a routine feature of contemporary breakup narratives.