Homegirls Language and Cultural Practice among Latina Youth Gangs

ISBN-10: 063123490X

ISBN-13: 9780631234906

Edition: 2008

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Description: In this ground-breaking new book on the Nortea/Surea (North/South) youth gang dynamic, cultural anthropologist and linguist Norma Mendoza-Denton looks at the daily lives of young Latinas and their innovative use of speech, bodily practices, and symbolic exchanges to signal their gang affiliations and ideologies. She analyzes their use of language as well as social and cultural practices such as the circulation of poetry, photographs, and drawings, and also their practices around makeup and bodily presentation. Through this detailed exploration, Homegirls examines the localized North-South rivalry between the bilingual, English-speaking and Americanized Norte girls and the Mexican or Latin-American-oriented, Spanish-speaking Sur girls. Mendoza-Denton uncovers a new dimension to studies of youth styles, where gang members are innovative not only in terms of dress, make-up, and music, but also by participating in crucial processes of language variation and change. This engrossing ethnographic and sociolinguistic book reveals the connection of language behavior and other symbolic practices among youth, and their connections to larger social processes of nationalism, racial/ethnic consciousness, and gender identity.

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Book details

List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 354
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Acknowledgment of Sources
Introduction
La Migra
Beginning Fieldwork
Norte and Sur: Government, School, and Research Perspectives
Hemispheric Localism: Language, Racialized Nationalism, and the Politicization of Youth
"Muy Macha": Gendered Performances and the Avoidance of Social Injury
Smile Now Cry Later: Memorializing Practices Linking Language, Materiality, and Embodiment
Icons and Exemplars: Ethnographic Approaches in Variationist Sociolinguistics
Variation in a Community of Practice
"That's the Whole Thing [characters not reproducible]!": Discourse Markers and Teenage Speech
Conclusion
References
Appendix
Index
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