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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REVIEW of Norma Mendoza-Denton’s book Homegirls | Hilary Parsons Dick –

Preview — Homegirls by Norma Mendoza-Denton. 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: Paperbackpages. Published January 3rd by Wiley-Blackwell first published January 9th To see what your friends homegidls of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Homegirlsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 25, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is a very accessible read, so you should certainly read it if you’re interested in the subject emndoza-denton, regardless of your training. There were a couple of things that made this a particularly wonderful book for me: In “Beginning Fieldwork,” the author tells about the girls she’s working with dressing and making mendlza-denton up and then dropping into her home Loved this book.

In “Beginning Homegidls the author tells about the girls she’s working with dressing and making her up and then dropping into her home grocery store. She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: 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 gomegirls being seen and interpreted. All this, I should say, without ever making the book about her, which it most certainly isn’t.

The normalization of her subjects is equally exciting. It is, it seems to me, one of the most important goals of anthropology, and it requires acknowledging the position of the audience.


We are – my words, not her’s – voyeurs homsgirls the subjects are exotic. Normally in anthropology, we the audience are kept safely, superiorly, away from them the subjects. But in her interactions, we can participate. And, in fact, the author challenges us to do so. In a description of eyeliner in “Muy Macha,” she suggests, “Try this at home.

When I write, this is what I homeirls to do. I realize I haven’t talked about the subject of the book.

Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

But I’ve read lots of interesting subjects, I’m more excited about the awesome ways that she approaches it. There’s a lot more to talk about, but maybe you can write it here when you’ve read it! Sep 25, Travis Hamilton rated it liked it.

Wish there was less foul language. Enjoyed looking into the sociocultural aspects that were shared in the book. 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’. A good read for an anthropologist, sociologist, academic Aug 30, Joseph Crupper rated it really liked it. Aug 03, Jennifer Mendoza-dwnton rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 17, Norma rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

None the less, her book remains uomegirls to read and understand, and an enjoyable study in linguistic and cultural practices of a certain ethnic group. 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 mendoza-senton other symbols that make up the cultural and personal identity of a person. Already at this point in the book, I was mendoza-dentoh to learn that language can constitute such a broad area.

Indeed, as the book progresses, Mendoza-Denton will make use of not only speech, but many complex symbolic mmendoza-denton and exchanges that connect her participants to the larger cultural practices of binary identities, memdoza-denton, and national relationships. Mendoza-Denton focuses particularly on the Norte and Sur gangs, which are the largest Latino gangs in California. 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 mendoza-dentonn written.


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

Mar 01, Laura Farrell rated it really liked it Shelves: The ending, I think, is tedious if you are not a linguist. The writer displayed a great deal of empathy and understanding throughout the book. I learned a lot about how to conduct good ethnographic research. Sep 12, Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: So far, it’s great.

Ethnographies and language studies can be really dry unless they’re deftly handled. This is engaging and very well written. Nov 08, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: I would have enjoyed it a lot more had we not analyzed it for 3 weeks in class. Great book and a definite inspiration for my own work! Diana Gonzalez Rodriguez rated it liked it Sep 23, Alyssa Crowley rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Tara rated it really liked it Jan 29, Alex rated it really liked it Oct 22, Jackie rated it really liked it Aug 13, Stacey rated it liked it Apr 20, Richelle rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Abby rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Emily rated it liked it Jun 24, Kayla rated it liked it Dec 12, Katie rated it liked it Apr 05, Veriene Melo rated it really liked it Mar 04, Eva Kainer rated it it was amazing May 28, Rebekka Flotron rated it it was amazing May 08, Katrina rated it really liked it May 11, Ben rated it it was ok Aug 17, Otto rated it really liked it Feb 04, Julie Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 30, Sydney rated it really liked it Sep 05, Ashley rated it really liked it Apr 19, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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