Homegirls language and cultural practice among latina youth gangs norma mendoza denton on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in this ground breaking new book on the nortena and surena north south youth gang dynamic. 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. Norma mendoza dentons homegirls language and cultural practice among latina youth gangs is a study in socio cultural linguistics this ethnography details the workings of a subculture of latina females who were involved in gang life in the mid 1990s. 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 identityan engrossing account of the norte and sur girl gangs the . 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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