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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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Preview — Homegirls by Norma Mendoza-Denton.

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.

Contact Contact Homegir,s Help. Sep 25, Travis Hamilton rated it liked it. We are – my words, not her’s – voyeurs and the subjects are exotic.

When I write, this is what I want to do. 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. Mendoza-Denton focuses particularly on the Norte and Sur gangs, which are the largest Latino gangs in California.

Abby rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Want to Read saving…. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. I learned a mendoa about how to conduct good ethnographic research. Ben rated it it was ok Aug 17, The first is an evocatively narrated, reflexive, and critical ethnography of the everyday cultural practices and discourse of the homegirls.


Richelle rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Open Preview See a Problem? Homegirls should rock the very foundations of criminological understandings of gangs, especially concerning female gang members.

jendoza Already at this point in the book, I was fascinated to learn that language can constitute such a broad area. The writer displayed a great deal of empathy and understanding throughout the book. But I’ve read lots of interesting subjects, I’m more excited about the awesome ways that she approaches it. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Thus we as an audience must understand that language becomes an intricate system of signs that can include make-up, music, hairstyles, consumer items, and a host of other symbols that make up the cultural and personal identity of a homegirle.

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

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Diana Gonzalez Rodriguez rated it liked it Sep 23, Lists with This Book. Series New Directions in Ethnography. The second part of the book establishes the credibility of her arguments as linguistic science by shifting from the contextual and more generally cultural questions of the first part to a much more specifically linguistic and quantitative study.

Would you like to change to the site? 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 any intellectual project can capture the rich dneton of human language and culture, even within a very specific field of [End Page ] focus.


Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

Thus humanist readers may begin to lose interest just as the linguists sigh “Finally! The ending, I think, is tedious if you are not a linguist. Nov 08, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: Katrina rated it really liked it May 11, homegiros To ask other readers questions about Homegirlsplease sign up.

A good read for an anthropologist, sociologist, academic It is a very accessible read, so you should certainly read it if you’re interested in the subject matter, regardless of your training. Sep 12, Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Aug 30, Joseph Crupper rated it really liked it. 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’. Aug 17, Norma rated it really liked it Shelves: Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04, Ethnographies and language studies can be really dry unless they’re deftly handled.

All this, I should say, without ever making the book about her, which it most certainly isn’t.