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By José Inez Taylor

ISBN-10: 0292781792

ISBN-13: 9780292781795

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ISBN-13: 9780292781801

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ISBN-13: 9780292797857

"This e-book represents an important contribution to the self-discipline in that it increases very important problems with ethnographic authority and authorship. . . . certainly, it could actually function a version for brand new how one can write ethnography." --Miguel D?az-Barriga, affiliate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore collage whilst a ten-year-old boy befriends a mysterious hobo in his southern Colorado homeland within the early Forties, he learns approximately evil in his group and takes his first steps towards manhood by way of trying to defend his new buddy from corrupt officers. notwithstanding a fictional tale, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the lifestyles reports 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 reviews 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 discovered from the Chicano circulation, the farmworkers' union, his neighborhood, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart supplies the ethnography a superb theoretical underpinning via discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of the way he created it characterize an act of resistance to the category approach that Taylor perceives as destroying his local tradition.

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For that Sunday’s sermon, the priest came down hard on drinking, stealing, and lying. Alex felt that the priest was speaking directly to him and was accusing him of wrongdoing in front of the whole congregation. In his mind, he felt the eyes of a hundred people on him. Was the priest directly condemning him? Did the priest really have the power to know what he had done? He sneaked a side glance at his parents and then at the people sitting around him. They all looked ahead and listened to the sermon.

Alex saw two more men heading toward the commotion and recognized them as the town marshal and his deputy. The brawl had become a free-for-all. A jacket was ripped off and papers from the pockets scattered onto the street. Then a bystander gave the alarm, “Cops! ” The bystander fled in the opposite direction, and a couple of soldiers followed him into the dark street. When the marshal and his deputy got there, they found only a handful still slugging it out. They tried to stop the fight, but one of the men came at the deputy, who pulled out his billy club and hit the man on the head.

They follow the railroad and, since the war started, quite a few have passed through here, but they never stay. ” “No. At least not this one. He’s a quiet man and stays pretty much to himself. ” A fourth man spoke up, “You know, some of the town’s bullies tried to run him off, even tried to beat him up, but that old goat gave them a run for their money. ” He paused before he continued, “I guess he never sleeps, either. ” “That’s right,” the first man agreed. ” Alex’s father asked in surprise. “Yeah, and from what I heard, he’s never sick, either.

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