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, Rebekka Flotron rated it it was amazing May 08, Homegirls should rock the very foundations of criminological understandings of gangs, especially concerning female gang members.

It is certain to become a classic in the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. This is engaging and very well written. Kayla rated it liked it Dec 12, She mentions, “I was dying for [the security guard: Great book and a definite inspiration for my own work! Thus humanist readers may begin to lose interest just as the linguists sigh “Finally!

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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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And, in fact, the author challenges us to do so.


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Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

It means you have a clear understanding of the lens through which the young women are being seen and interpreted. It is evident from the introduction that Homegirls is an extraordinary book.


Return to Book Page. If scientific rigor increases the book’s impact, no one should begrudge Mendoza-Denton the specialization of the latter chapters. But in her interactions, we can participate. The dentonn voice that resonates in the interpretive chapters stands down in favor of more scientific aims: Richelle rated it it was amazing Sep 06, We are – my words, not her’s – voyeurs and the subjects are exotic.

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

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. 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’. Otto rated it really liked it Feb 04, Already at this point in the book, I was fascinated to learn that language can constitute such a broad area.


Katrina rated it really liked it May 11, There’s a lot more to talk about, but maybe you can write it here when you’ve read it!

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

I would have enjoyed it a lot more had we not analyzed it himegirls 3 weeks in class.

Want to Read saving…. Stacey rated it liked it Apr 20, The first is an evocatively narrated, mendpza, and critical ethnography of the everyday cultural practices and discourse of the homegirls.

The second part of the book establishes the credibility of her arguments as linguistic science homrgirls shifting from the contextual and more generally cultural questions of the first part to a much more specifically linguistic and quantitative study.