Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story by José Inez Taylor,James M. Taggart

By José Inez Taylor,James M. Taggart

When 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 via trying to shield his new good friend from corrupt officers. even though a fictional tale, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the existence reviews of its writer, José 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.

In this cutting edge ethnography, anthropologist James Taggart collaborates with Joe Taylor to discover how Alex and the Hobo sprang from Taylor's existence reviews and the way it provides 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 discovered from the Chicano flow, the farmworkers' union, his neighborhood, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart offers the ethnography a fantastic theoretical underpinning by means of discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of the way he created it characterize an act of resistance to the category procedure that Taylor perceives as destroying his local culture.

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