José Inez Taylor's Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story PDF
By José Inez Taylor
"This e-book represents an important contribution to the self-discipline in that it increases vital problems with ethnographic authority and authorship. . . . certainly, it may function a version for brand spanking new how you can write ethnography." --Miguel D?az-Barriga, affiliate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore collage while 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 by means of 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 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 existence stories 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 circulation, the farmworkers' union, his neighborhood, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart provides the ethnography a superb theoretical underpinning by way of discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of ways he created it characterize an act of resistance to the category approach that Taylor perceives as destroying his local tradition.
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Extra resources for Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story
The truck drivers knew rain would soon follow, and the driver of Alex’s crew drove out of the ﬁeld and tied a heavy tarpaulin over his truck. He looped the rope through the racks and then returned to the main body of workers. Max, Alex’s driver, asked the contractor if he wanted to leave before the rain came, but was told no. The contractor wanted to get as much as he could out of the workers, even though the sky was getting darker by the minute. At ﬁrst Alex felt a light sprinkle, but soon clouds drew closer, and he saw more lightning and heard more claps of thunder.
I . ” “I . . I . . ” By then Alex, halfway composed, felt hurt by the remark. ” “Do you stutter like that all the time? “N-n-n-no, Señor,” Alex replied, close to tears. ” “Scared of what? ” “Well, yes, no, no, yes,” replied Alex, who felt his freckles dance on his face. “What is it? ” “No, Señor. Alex Martínez. My father is the barber,” Alex said, hoping the mention of his father would help him. “Is that a fact! ” Milo was not a bad person. He did not bother anybody, and he expected the same in return.
He passed the large grain elevators and went into the rail yards near Milo’s house. He called out his friend’s name, but he heard no answer. He approached the shack and knocked on the door. Pushing it open, he heard the hinges squeak as the door gave way. He called out his friend’s name again and, hearing no response, he eased his way inside and found a very simply furnished room and a door nailed shut with slats. Milo apparently used just one room as a kitchen, front room, and bedroom. Alex spotted a cot in one corner, a table and 38 ALEX AND THE HOBO two chairs in the middle of the room, and a wood-burning cook stove against a wall.
Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story by José Inez Taylor