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José Inez Taylor's Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story PDF

By José Inez Taylor

ISBN-10: 0292781792

ISBN-13: 9780292781795

ISBN-10: 0292781806

ISBN-13: 9780292781801

ISBN-10: 0292797850

ISBN-13: 9780292797857

"This ebook represents an important contribution to the self-discipline in that it increases vital problems with ethnographic authority and authorship. . . . certainly, it may function a version for brand new how one can write ethnography." --Miguel D?az-Barriga, affiliate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore collage while a ten-year-old boy befriends a mysterious hobo in his southern Colorado place of birth within the early Nineteen Forties, he learns approximately evil in his neighborhood and takes his first steps towards manhood by way of trying to defend his new good friend from corrupt officers. even though a fictional tale, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the lifestyles stories of its writer, Jos? Inez (Joe) Taylor, and it realistically portrays a boy's coming-of-age as a Spanish-speaking guy who needs to carve out an honorable position for himself in a class-stratified and Anglo-dominated society. during this cutting edge ethnography, anthropologist James Taggart collaborates with Joe Taylor to discover how Alex and the Hobo sprang from Taylor's lifestyles stories and the way it offers an insider's view of Mexicano tradition and its structures of manhood. They body the tale (included in its entirety) with chapters that debate the way it encapsulates notions that Taylor realized from the Chicano circulate, the farmworkers' union, his group, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart supplies the ethnography a pretty good theoretical underpinning by means of discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of the way he created it symbolize an act of resistance to the category approach that Taylor perceives as destroying his local tradition.

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One of them asked. “In a minute. Come on in,” her mother invited. The girls came in and sat down. One was chewing gum a mile a minute. Nena gave Alex and Olivia a quarter each, just the amount of money they would need to go to the movies. “Now don’t go running all over the town after the show. You come straight home,” she warned. “We will,” Olivia promised. “And don’t let Alex out of your sight. ” “Oh, Mamá, he’s not a tramp,” Alex protested. “I don’t know why you can’t pick someone better than a beggar as a friend,” his mother scolded.

They 35 T H E S T O RY passed the bar where the fight had taken place the night before. A town drunk had the job of sweeping up the broken glass to pay off his fine, and the marshal was combing the area of the fight. Alex saw the bruises on the marshal’s face and the big patch on his forehead, and noticed that he was walking with a limp. ” Tomás asked the marshal. “All hell broke loose last night,” the marshal replied. Then he saw the barber’s wife and children. “I’m sorry for the language,” he apologized.

His complexion was ruddy and his eyes were blue with a white circle around the pupil. There was nothing outstanding about his nose, and his lips were fuller than most. Alex had never seen any man before who looked quite like this hobo. There was nothing odd about him, but he had a look all his own. Alex played cat and mouse with the hobo, trying not to look obvious as he followed him about town, keeping his distance. He watched the hobo pick up empty beer and pop bottles, tin foil, and egg cartons and put them into his sack.

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