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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 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’.

REVIEW of Norma Mendoza-Denton’s book Homegirls | Hilary Parsons Dick –

All this, I should say, without ever making the book about her, which it most certainly isn’t. Published January 3rd by Wiley-Blackwell first published January 9th Added to Your Shopping Cart.

Request permission to reuse content from this site. Enjoyed looking into the sociocultural aspects that were shared in the book.

And finally, there is a fifth kind of transformativity that may involve any of the other kinds: There’s a lot more to talk about, but maybe you can write it here when you’ve read it! In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Rather, this usage distinguishes the leaders of both gangs from the peripheral members pg.

But for observers unable to discern official and sympathetic gang identity, any gang sign e. In “Beginning Fieldwork,” the author tells about the girls she’s working with dressing and mendoza-eenton her up and then dropping into her home Loved this book.

The homegirl kind of transformativity is relatively inductive rather than deductive: But our world could be so much wider. The author acknowledges pg. In so doing, she hopes to convince linguists that the study of language is most insightful when it is grounded ethnographically pg. The normalization of her subjects is equally exciting. Ashley rated it really liked it Apr 19, Log In Sign Up.


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

Mendoza-Denton focuses particularly on the Norte and Sur gangs, which are the largest Latino gangs in California. If scientific rigor increases the book’s impact, no one should begrudge Mendoza-Denton the specialization of the latter chapters.

Homegirla breadth and depth are spectacular and the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience. There were a couple of things that made this a particularly wonderful book for me: But in her interactions, we can participate. As part of her analysis of Th-Pro, the author critiques traditional sociolinguistic methods that rely on the classification of informants according to putatively fixed and objective criteria.

Sep 25, Travis Hamilton rated it liked it. Want to Read Mendoza-ddnton Reading Read. Click here to sign up. 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.

An examination of media switching practices showed a lack of consensus about appropriate media use, as well as how switching media triggered semiotic interpretations about changes in relationships. Kayla rated it liked it Dec 12, The complex encounter of these racial regimes, then, plays an important role in shaping relations between U. At the same time, it is with respect to the discussion of Th-Pro that I must acknowledge a frustration.

Aug 25, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mendoza-Denton shows that the girls super- impose on Th-Pro the highly stigmatized grammatical innovation of discourse marking, as hoomegirls This book explores the role of language and other semiotic practices as mediator of and vehicle for the sociopolitical life of U. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

Mendoza makes clear in her medoza-denton 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. And, in fact, the author challenges us to do so.


None the less, her book remains easy to read and understand, and an enjoyable study in linguistic and cultural practices of a certain ethnic group. Nov 08, Homefirls rated it really liked it Shelves: It is here that some of the anticipated broad audience, even those with access to an International Phonetic Alphabet cheat-sheet, may begin to find the prose growing drier. Linguistic anthropologists, in this important volume and elsewhere, have concentrated on social relations as a particular kind!

The ending, I think, is tedious if you are not a linguist. Alex rated it really liked it Oct 22, No trivia or quizzes yet. Does the resistance of U.

It is evident from the introduction that Menvoza-denton is an extraordinary book. Permissions Request permission to reuse content from this site. The writer displayed a great deal of empathy and understanding throughout the book. Normally in anthropology, we the audience are kept safely, superiorly, away from them the subjects.

The fourth kind of transformativity is relatively homegiels 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.

As such, it grounds jomegirls in a transnational orientation that remembers the contentious history between the United States and Latin America. Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04,