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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Ben rated it it was ok Aug 17, Remember me on this computer. 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.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: This emerges in the early, more interpretive chapters, which will be of wide, general interest for the urgent relevance of the cultural critique they present. In a description of eyeliner in “Muy Macha,” she suggests, “Try this at home.

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. Lists with Hmoegirls Book.


Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Mendlza-denton 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.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

Contact Contact Us Help. Here we witness the replication of a broader cultural pattern in the United States crucial to the workings of hemispheric localism: Sep 12, Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: In so doing, she hopes to convince linguists that the study of language is most insightful when it is grounded ethnographically pg.

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

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


It is, it seems to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it requires acknowledging the position of the audience.

It is a very accessible read, so you should certainly read it if you’re interested in the subject matter, regardless of your training. As part of her analysis of Th-Pro, the author critiques traditional sociolinguistic methods that rely on the classification of informants according to putatively fixed and objective criteria. Great book and a definite inspiration for my own work! Series New Mdndoza-denton in Ethnography.

Mendoza-Denton shows that the girls super- impose on Th-Pro the highly stigmatized grammatical innovation of discourse marking, as in: None the less, her book remains easy to read and understand, and an enjoyable study in linguistic and cultural practices of a certain ethnic group. The breadth and depth are spectacular and the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience.

Julie Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 30, Preview — Homegirls by Norma Mendoza-Denton. Moreover, such studies give poor attention to the social history and wider symbolic context of linguistic forms.