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Homegirls

Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs

Norma Mendoza-Denton

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In this ground-breaking new book on the Norteña andSureña (North/South) youth gang dynamic, culturalanthropologist and linguist Norma Mendoza-Denton looks at the dailylives of young Latinas and their innovative use of speech, bodilypractices, and symbolic exchanges that signal their gangaffiliations and ideologies. Her engrossing ethnographic andsociolinguistic study reveals the connection of language behaviorand other symbolic practices among Latina gang girls in California,and their connections to larger social processes of nationalism,racial/ethnic consciousness, and gender identity. * * An engrossing account of the Norte and Sur girl gangs - thelargest Latino gangs in California * Traces how elements of speech, bodily practices, and symbolicexchanges are used to signal social affiliation and come togetherto form youth gang styles * Explores the relationship between language and the body: one ofthe most striking aspects of the tattoos, make-up, and clothing ofthe gang members * Unlike other studies - which focus on violence, fightingand drugs - Mendoza-Denton delves into thecommonly-overlooked cultural and linguistic aspects of youthgangs

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Marjorie Goodwin, University of California, Los Angeles
?Homegirls, an experimental sociolinguistic ethnography of subaltern others, spans a decade of research by a woman who is keen to examine her position as an outsider/insider in the research process and the identity formation of her participants: female gang members.? (American Journal of Sociology, September 2009) ?Part reflexive narrative, part engaging ethnography, part fine-grained sociolinguistic study, and part riveting disquisition on the politics of eyeliner, this delightful book twinkles with wit and blazes with empathy and intelligence.? Don Kulick, New York University ?Wonderfully written and as riveting as a novel, Homegirls provides a unique window on the linguistic and ethnographic patterns ? and their interrelationship ? of Northern California Mexican-American high school students who are members of girl gangs. It's sure to become a classic.? Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University ?Mendoza-Denton provides an extraordinary fusion of ethnographic insight and sociolinguistic analysis. I know of no better demonstration of how linguistic and cultural variables are entwined in social interaction.? William Labov, University of Pennsylvania "A landmark work in sociocultural linguistics! The breadth and depth are spectacular and the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience." Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University "Homegirls provides a stunning and innovative linguistic, anthro-political ethnography of how gang-affiliated Latina girls talk, dress, and interact. It is certain to become a classic in the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology.? Marjorie Goodwin, University of California, Los Angeles "Part reflexive narrative, part engaging ethnography, part fine-grained sociolinguistic study, and part riveting disquisition on the politics of eyeliner, this delightful book twinkles with wit and blazes with empathy and intelligence." Don Kulick, New York University <!--end--> "Wonderfully written and as riveting as a novel, Homegirls provides a unique window on the linguistic and ethnographic patterns - and their interrelationship - of Northern California Mexican-American high school students who are members of girl gangs. It's sure to become a classic." Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University "Mendoza-Denton provides an extraordinary fusion of ethnographic insight and sociolinguistic analysis. I know of no better demonstration of how linguistic and cultural variables are entwined in social interaction." William Labov, University of Pennsylvania "A landmark work in sociocultural linguistics! The breadth and depth are spectacular and the humanistic presentation makes the description captivatingly accessible to both a professional and a public audience." Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University "Homegirls provides a stunning and innovative linguistic, anthro-political ethnography of how gang-affiliated Latina girls talk, dress, and interact. It is certain to become a classic in the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology."
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Anthropology, Anthropologie, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Kultursoziologie, Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Soziologie, Soziale u. kulturelle Anthropologie