Start your review of Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs Write a review Shelves: academic , non-fiction , she-has-eggs , poc , latinidad , course-reading , anthropology-recs Loved this book. There were a couple of things that made this a particularly wonderful book for me: 1 the way she includes herself in the narrative and 2 the normalization of her "subjects. She mentions, "I was dying for [the security guard:] to ask me for my ID card. As an anthropologist, writing vulnerability into her own character seems incredibly important, given the power that she has in presentation. It means you have a clear understanding of the lens through which the young women are being seen and interpreted. The normalization of her subjects is equally exciting.

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Megor 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. This account of multilingual mastery among high school bomegirls complicates the highly political issue of what it means to speak Spanish or English in the United States.

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 linguists to undergraduate students and general readers. Yet attending to these dimensions of social life is crucial to understanding the significance of a given linguistic variation as well as trends in variation over time, as Mendoza-Denton shows.

Wish there was less foul language. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Diana Gonzalez Rodriguez rated it liked it Sep 23, It is an engaging and timely treatment of how the communicative structures of new media present interactional dilemmas about how to present the self—and inevitably others—online.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. No trivia or quizzes yet. Skip to main content. It means you have a clear understanding of the lens through which the young women are being seen and interpreted. Here we witness the replication of a broader cultural pattern in the United States crucial to the workings of hemispheric localism: To ask other readers questions about Homegirlsplease sign up.

Aug 17, Norma rated it really liked it Shelves: This study intentionally underplays the question of criminality that interests many outside observers, including social scientists. Request permission to reuse content from this site. Moreover, such studies give poor attention to the social history and wider symbolic context of linguistic forms.

This is engaging and very well written. Linguistic anthropologists, in this important volume and elsewhere, have concentrated on social relations as a particular kind! Books by Norma Mendoza-Denton. Great book homehirls a definite inspiration for my own work!

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But our world could be so much wider. You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Eva Kainer homegirs it it was amazing May 28, 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. 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 person.

Open Preview See a Problem? In so doing, she hopes to convince linguists that the study of language is most insightful when it is grounded ethnographically pg. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through homegirps with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Want to Read saving…. Would you like to change to the site? In asserting the argument, Mendoza-Denton has almost written two books. The critical voice hojegirls resonates in the interpretive chapters stands down in favor of more scientific aims: Related Articles


Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Ashley rated it really liked it Apr 19, Homegirls should rock the very foundations of criminological understandings of gangs, especially concerning female gang members. It is, it mendoaz to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it emndoza acknowledging the position of the audience. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Want to Read saving….



There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The epistolary form establishes a paradox that serves the book well: When Mendoza-denron write, this is what I want to do. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Skip to main content.

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