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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The normalization of her subjects is equally exciting. This is engaging and very well written.

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

Thus humanist readers may mendkza to lose interest just as the linguists sigh “Finally! 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.

The first is an evocatively narrated, reflexive, and critical ethnography of the everyday cultural practices and discourse of homegirsl homegirls. Stacey rated it liked it Apr 20, himegirls Emily rated it liked it Jun 24, Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04, Ben rated it it was ddenton Aug 17, 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.

Tara rated it really liked it Jan 29, It’s sure to become a classic. The writer displayed a great deal of empathy and understanding throughout the book. Want to Read saving…. Published January 3rd by Wiley-Blackwell first published January 9th Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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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.

In a description of eyeliner in “Muy Macha,” she suggests, “Try this at home.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

When I write, this is yomegirls I want to do. There’s a lot more to talk about, but maybe you can write it here when you’ve read it!

The ending, I think, is tedious if you are not a linguist. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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. 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 complexity of human language and culture, even within a very specific field of [End Page ] focus.

It is, it seems to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it requires acknowledging the position of the audience. Enjoyed looking into the sociocultural aspects that were shared in the book. No trivia or quizzes yet. And, in fact, the author challenges us to do so. Books by Norma Mendoza-Denton. Nov 08, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: Mendoza-Denton focuses particularly on the Norte and Sur gangs, which are the largest Latino gangs in California.

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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. It is evident from the introduction that Homegirls is an extraordinary book. Julie Johnson rated drnton really liked it Dec 30, Sep 25, Travis Hamilton rated it liked it. The critical voice homeegirls resonates in the interpretive chapters stands down in favor of more scientific aims: It means you have a clear understanding of the lens through which the young women are being seen and interpreted.


She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: In any case, this is a book about much more than language—or perhaps it reveals language to be much more than we think—and it is well homegirrls picking up for an enlightening glimpse of a population that has been ascribed infamy without being known much at all. 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.

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 have made for themselves in the ten years since the ethnography was first written.

Aug 25, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Shelves: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Normally in anthropology, we the audience are kept safely, superiorly, away from them the subjects.

It is a very accessible read, so you should certainly read it if you’re interested in the subject matter, regardless of your training. Alex rated it really liked it Oct 22, 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.

There were a couple of things that made this a particularly wonderful book for me: Refresh and try again. Rebekka Flotron rated it it was amazing May 08,