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

There’s a lot more to talk about, but maybe you can write it here when you’ve read it! Great book and a definite inspiration for my own work!

The breadth and depth are spectacular and the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience. Already at this point in the book, I was fascinated to learn that language can constitute such a broad area.

Rebekka Flotron rated it it was amazing May 08, Katie rated it liked it Apr 05, Homegirld would have enjoyed it a lot more had we not analyzed it for 3 weeks in class. A good read for an anthropologist, sociologist, academic Mendoza-Denton focuses particularly on the Norte and Sur gangs, which are the largest Latino gangs in California.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Indeed, as the homeglrls 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.


Abby rated it mfndoza was amazing Apr 11, Jackie rated it really liked it Aug 13, Contact Contact Us Help. Otto rated it really liked it Feb 04, None the mendkza, her book remains easy to read and understand, and an enjoyable study in linguistic and cultural practices of a certain ethnic group. 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.

Aug 25, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Shelves: The critical voice that resonates in the interpretive chapters stands down in favor of more scientific aims: 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 all. But in her interactions, we can participate.

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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. Sep 25, Travis Hamilton rated it liked it. You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Request permission to reuse content from this site.


That she respects the participants in homfgirls 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 for themselves in the ten years since the ethnography was first written. Wish there was less foul language. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

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Open Preview See a Problem? Published January 3rd by Wiley-Blackwell first published January 9th 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 debton to undergraduate students and general readers.