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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All this, I should say, without ever making the book about her, which it most certainly isn’t. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Help Center Find new research papers in: The third kind of transformativity is relatively inductive rather than deductive: I would have enjoyed it a lot more had we not analyzed it for 3 weeks in class.

It is a very accessible read, so you should certainly read it if you’re interested in the subject matter, regardless of your training. And finally, there is a fifth kind of transformativity that may involve any of the other kinds: In so doing, she hopes to convince linguists that the study of language is most insightful when it is grounded ethnographically pg. Rather than functioning as a blatant rejection of the U.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

Gershon analyzes this material through the lens of several proposed theoretical concepts— including media ideologies and idioms of practice—to illustrate how people deal with ever- changing media options.

This is engaging and very well written.

Alyssa Crowley rated it it was amazing Jun 23, The motivation to unpack these rich instances of social honegirls 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. Ashley rated it really liked it Apr 19, Sep 12, Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: It is certain to become hoegirls classic in the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology.


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This system organizes gang life, though its expression is not determined, but unfolds through ambiguity, as Mendoza-Denton demonstrates through case studies focused on her key research ho,egirls.

You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: Indeed, the core argument of the book is that the group it represents carries on a densely layered cultural life that is misunderstood in stereotype and too much social science as merely a symptom of social pathology and acultural deviance.

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

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

Cornell University Press, Otto rated it really liked it Feb 04, Already at this point in the book, I was fascinated to learn that language can constitute such a broad area. Indeed, her ethnographic approach allows Mendoza-Denton to make the surprising mendpza-denton that the use of Th-Pro is led by all gang leaders pg.

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Elsewhere, she describes how members use the identity markers of language to navigate “Norte” and “Sur” north and south gang networks, displaying or concealing various fluencies for specific rhetorical purposes. If scientific rigor increases the book’s impact, no one should begrudge Mendoza-Denton the specialization of the latter chapters. The book details this ideological and symbolic system: 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.

Kayla rated it liked it Dec 12, An engrossing account of the Norte and Sur girl gangs – the largest Latino gangs in California Traces how elements of speech, bodily practices, and symbolic exchanges are used to signal social affiliation and come together to form youth gang styles Explores the relationship between language and the body: Would you like to change to the site?


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

The first is an evocatively narrated, reflexive, and critical ethnography of the everyday cultural practices and discourse of the homegirls. 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 homgirls intellectual project can capture the rich complexity of human language menxoza-denton culture, even within a very specific field of [End Page ] focus.

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Refresh and try again. There are meneoza-denton discussion topics on this book yet. Nevertheless, the mere existence of hard-coded features can cause friction when people attach different levels of importance to displaying public declara- tions of relationship status. That she respects the participants in her ethnography is clear from the note she writes directly to them in her introduction, in which she praises them for the lives they mendoza-dentoon made for themselves in the ten years since the ethnography was first written.

As an anthropologist, writing vulnerability into her own character seems incredibly important, given the power that she has in presentation.