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In this ground-breaking new book on the Norteña/Sureña (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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Mendoza-Denton (anthropology, U. of Arizona) reports findings from a linguistic ethnographic study of the Norteña/Sureña (North/South) girl gangs at a junior high in the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay area. Based on fieldwork conducted in the mid-1990s, the text explores the ways that the girls use speech, bodily practices, and symbolic exchanges to signal their gang affiliations and ideologies as members of either the bilingual, English-speaking and Americanized Norte girl gang or as the Mexican or Latin American- oriented, Spanish-speaking Sur girl gang. The study examines language variation and change, as well as social and cultural practices regarding dress, make-up, and music. For undergraduate students and professionals in the fields of anthropology and linguistics, middle and high school teachers, and general readers interested in gangs, immigration, and language and culture. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In this ground-breaking new book on the Nortena and Surena (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 that signal their gang affiliations and ideologies. Her engrossing ethnographic and sociolinguistic study reveals the connection of language behavior and 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 - 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: one of the most striking aspects of the tattoos, make-up, and clothing of the gang members

Unlike other studies - which focus on violence, fighting and drugs - Mendoza-Denton delves into the commonly-overlooked cultural and linguistic aspects of youth gangs

Synopsis:

In this ground-breaking new book on the Norteña and Sureña (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 that signal their gang affiliations and ideologies. Her engrossing ethnographic and sociolinguistic study reveals the connection of language behavior and 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 - 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: one of the most striking aspects of the tattoos, make-up, and clothing of the gang members

  • Unlike other studies – which focus on violence, fighting and drugs – Mendoza-Denton delves into the commonly-overlooked cultural and linguistic aspects of youth gangs

About the Author

Norma Mendoza-Denton is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and the founder and director of the Linguistic Anthropology Research and Teaching Laboratory.

Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

List of Tables x

Acknowledgments xi

Acknowledgment of Sources xiv

Introduction 1

1 La Migra 10

2 Beginning Fieldwork 42

3 Norte and Sur: Government, School, and Research Perspectives 76

4 Hemispheric Localism: Language, Racialized Nationalism, and the Politicization of Youth 101

5 "Muy Macha": Gendered Performances and the Avoidance of Social Injury 148

6 Smile Now Cry Later: Memorializing Practices Linking Language, Materiality, and Embodiment 176

7 Icons and Exemplars: Ethnographic Approaches in Variationist Sociolinguistics 207

8 Variation in a Community of Practice 230

9 "That's the Whole Thing [tin]!": Discourse Markers and Teenage Speech 265

10 Conclusion 292

References 297

Appendix 324

Index 328

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631234890
Author:
Mendoza-denton, Norma
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Author:
Mendoza-Denton, Norma
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Youth
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Hispanic American Studies
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Language and culture
Subject:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Hispanic American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
New Directions in Ethnography
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9.11x6.41x.97 in. 1.44 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this ground-breaking new book on the Nortena and Surena (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 that signal their gang affiliations and ideologies. Her engrossing ethnographic and sociolinguistic study reveals the connection of language behavior and 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 - 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: one of the most striking aspects of the tattoos, make-up, and clothing of the gang members

Unlike other studies - which focus on violence, fighting and drugs - Mendoza-Denton delves into the commonly-overlooked cultural and linguistic aspects of youth gangs

"Synopsis" by , In this ground-breaking new book on the Norteña and Sureña (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 that signal their gang affiliations and ideologies. Her engrossing ethnographic and sociolinguistic study reveals the connection of language behavior and 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 - 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: one of the most striking aspects of the tattoos, make-up, and clothing of the gang members

  • Unlike other studies – which focus on violence, fighting and drugs – Mendoza-Denton delves into the commonly-overlooked cultural and linguistic aspects of youth gangs

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