Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story

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When a ten-year-old boy befriends a mysterious hobo in his southern Colorado hometown in the early 1940s, he learns about evil in his community and takes his first steps toward manhood by attempting to protect his new friend from corrupt officials. Though a fictional story, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the life experiences of its author, José Inez (Joe) Taylor, and it realistically portrays a boy's coming-of-age as a Spanish-speaking man who must carve out an honorable ...
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When a ten-year-old boy befriends a mysterious hobo in his southern Colorado hometown in the early 1940s, he learns about evil in his community and takes his first steps toward manhood by attempting to protect his new friend from corrupt officials. Though a fictional story, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the life experiences of its author, José Inez (Joe) Taylor, and it realistically portrays a boy's coming-of-age as a Spanish-speaking man who must carve out an honorable place for himself in a class-stratified and Anglo-dominated society.

In this innovative ethnography, anthropologist James Taggart collaborates with Joe Taylor to explore how Alex and the Hobo sprang from Taylor's life experiences and how it presents an insider's view of Mexicano culture and its constructions of manhood. They frame the story (included in its entirety) with chapters that discuss how it encapsulates notions that Taylor learned from the Chicano movement, the farmworkers' union, his community, his father, his mother, and his religion. Taggart gives the ethnography a solid theoretical underpinning by discussing how the story and Taylor's account of how he created it represent an act of resistance to the class system that Taylor perceives as destroying his native culture.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780292781795
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Story 13
Alex and the Hobo 15
Pt. II The Life 71
The Valley 73
Awareness 89
Social Structure 104
Anastacio Taylor 118
Beatriz Mondragon 136
Women in Peril 149
Conclusion 162
Juana's Witchcraft Testimony 167
Notes 177
Bibliography 189
Index 199
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2007

    love it

    Well i guess i had to love this book, what with me being a hobo and what not. I live in a small train in India. I spent my whole life saving up for this book, and it was worth it, sort of. Now you may be wondering how i am typing on a computer with me being a hobo, lets just say it was a gift. i have trouble typing because a raccon ate my fingers so i have to type with my tounge. I don't have feet either. Have a great day and rember you can't be depressed until some of your limbs are gone, and your ear.

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