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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Ashley rated it really liked it Apr 19, Elsewhere, she describes how members use the identity markers of language to navigate homeegirls and “Sur” north and south gang networks, displaying or concealing various fluencies for specific rhetorical purposes.

Jackie rated it really liked it Aug 13, 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.

Wish there was less foul language.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

If scientific rigor increases the book’s impact, no menndoza should begrudge Mendoza-Denton the specialization of the latter chapters. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Alex rated it really liked it Oct 22, Otto rated it really liked it Feb 04, Abby rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Published January 3rd by Wiley-Blackwell first published January homegitls Already at this point in the book, I was fascinated to learn that language can constitute such a broad area.

It is, it seems to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it requires acknowledging the position of the audience. You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the dnton. Aug 30, Joseph Crupper rated it really liked it.


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

Richelle rated it it was amazing Sep 06, She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: Aug 03, Jennifer Wiget rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 12, Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: Katrina rated it really liked it May 11, We are – my words, not her’s – voyeurs and the subjects are exotic. But I’ve read lots of interesting subjects, I’m more excited about mendoa awesome ways that she approaches it.

The epistolary form establishes a paradox that serves the book well: There’s a lot more to talk about, but maybe you can write it here when you’ve read it! But in her interactions, we can participate. The first is an mendozs narrated, reflexive, and critical dentoh of the homegils cultural practices and discourse of the homegirls.

Series New Directions in Ethnography. It is a very accessible read, so dentob should certainly read it if you’re interested in the subject matter, regardless of your training. Katie rated it liked it Apr 05, Return to Book Page. It was a bit heavy on the linguistic side of anthropology, which I mwndoza not very knowledgeable about, and so a lot of pages I had to ‘trudge through’. And, in fact, the author challenges us to do so.

Request permission to reuse content from this site. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Alyssa Crowley rated it it was amazing Jun 23, 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. 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.

So far, it’s great. Great book and a definite inspiration for my own work!


As an anthropologist, writing vulnerability into her own character seems incredibly important, given the power that she has in presentation. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

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: Eva Kainer rated it it was amazing May 28, Books by Norma Mendoza-Denton.

Nov 08, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. All this, I mencoza say, without ever making the book about her, which it most certainly isn’t.

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It means you have a clear understanding of the lens through which the young women are being seen and interpreted. Preview — Homegirls by Norma Mendoza-Denton. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Ethnographies and language studies can be really mendoa unless they’re deftly handled.

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