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

By José Inez Taylor,James M. Taggart

When 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 means of trying to defend his new pal from corrupt officers. notwithstanding a fictional tale, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the existence reports 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 leading edge ethnography, anthropologist James Taggart collaborates with Joe Taylor to discover how Alex and the Hobo sprang from Taylor's existence studies and the way it offers an insider's view of Mexicano tradition and its buildings 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 flow, the farmworkers' union, his neighborhood, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart supplies the ethnography a great theoretical underpinning via discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of ways he created it signify an act of resistance to the category method that Taylor perceives as destroying his local culture.

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