By Norma Mendoza-Denton

During this ground-breaking new publication at the Norteña and Sureña (North/South) formative years gang dynamic, cultural anthropologist and linguist Norma Mendoza-Denton appears on the day-by-day lives of younger Latinas and their leading edge use of speech, physically practices, and symbolic exchanges that sign their gang affiliations and ideologies. Her engrossing ethnographic and sociolinguistic research finds the relationship of language habit and different symbolic practices between Latina gang ladies in California, and their connections to greater social procedures of nationalism, racial/ethnic cognizance, and gender identity.

  • An engrossing account of the Norte and Sur lady gangs - the biggest Latino gangs in California
  • Traces how parts of speech, physically practices, and symbolic exchanges are used to sign social association and are available jointly to shape early life gang styles
  • Explores the connection among language and the physique: the most impressive features of the tattoos, makeup, and garments of the group members
  • Unlike different stories – which specialise in violence, scuffling with and medication – Mendoza-Denton delves into the commonly-overlooked cultural and linguistic features of stripling gangs

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