Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Latin American Anthropology
To me, the book is a fine, heart-warming example of collaboration between an outsider anthropologist-folklorist and an insider community inhabitant.
— Miles Richardson
Journal of Latin American Anthropology - Miles Richardson
To me, the book is a fine, heart-warming example of collaboration between an outsider anthropologist-folklorist and an insider community inhabitant.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292781801
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction

Part I: The Story
2. Alex and the Hobo

Part II: The Life
3. The Valley
4. Awareness
5. Social Structure
6. Anastacio Taylor
7. Beatríz Mondragón
8. Women in Peril
9. Conclusion
Appendix: Juana's Witchcraft Testimony
Notes
Bibliography

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