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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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But for observers unable to discern official and sympathetic gang identity, any gang sign e. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

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

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

Does the resistance of U. Ethnographies and language studies can be really dry unless they’re deftly handled. Mendoza-Denton shows that the girls super- impose on Th-Pro the highly stigmatized grammatical innovation of discourse marking, as in: 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.


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. It is a very accessible read, so you should certainly read it if ohmegirls interested in the subject matter, regardless of your training.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

It is an engaging and timely treatment of how the communicative structures of new media present interactional homegorls about how to present the self—and inevitably others—online. Alex rated it really liked it Oct 22, It is certain to become a classic in the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology.

Rather, this usage distinguishes the leaders of both gangs from the peripheral members pg. A good read for an anthropologist, sociologist, academic Published January 3rd by Wiley-Blackwell first published January 9th The epistolary form establishes a paradox that serves the book well: This account of multilingual mastery among high school students complicates the highly political issue of what it means to speak Spanish or English in the United States.

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. Click here to sign up. Thus humanist readers may begin to lose interest just as the linguists sigh “Finally! As such, it grounds them in a transnational orientation that remembers the contentious history between the United States and Latin America.


Willis reveals that youth rebellion among working-class kids is a form of disciplining into mainstream working-class adult lives.

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

Diana Gonzalez Rodriguez rated it liked it Sep 23, Aug 17, Norma rated it really liked it Shelves: Contact Contact Us Help. Great book and a definite inspiration for my own work! Would you like to change to the site?

Moreover, such studies give poor attention to the social history and wider symbolic context of linguistic forms. Books by Norma Mendoza-Denton. Jackie rated it really liked it Aug 13, Enjoyed looking into the sociocultural aspects that were shared in the book.

Nov 08, Ellen mendozza-denton it really liked it Shelves: Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. 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.