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By José Inez Taylor

ISBN-10: 0292781792

ISBN-13: 9780292781795

"This ebook represents an important contribution to the self-discipline in that it increases very important problems with ethnographic authority and authorship. . . . certainly, it may possibly function a version for brand new how one can write ethnography." --Miguel D?az-Barriga, affiliate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore university whilst a ten-year-old boy befriends a mysterious hobo in his southern Colorado native land within the early Nineteen Forties, he learns approximately evil in his neighborhood and takes his first steps towards manhood by way of trying to defend his new pal from corrupt officers. although 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 lifestyles stories and the way it provides 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 group, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart offers the ethnography an excellent theoretical underpinning via discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of the way he created it symbolize an act of resistance to the category method that Taylor perceives as destroying his local tradition.

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Outside, Alex saw kids scatter like a flock of 34 ALEX AND THE HOBO sheep. The ones who lived in town had only a short walk home, and those who lived farther had to wait until the dances were over to find their rides. Alex felt sorry for the kids who lived out of town, and he noticed that every bar and dance hall was in full swing, spewing music into the street. He saw some kids going from place to place, looking in through the big plate glass windows of the bars and dance halls searching for the person who could drive them home.

Even his own brother smoked, and Alex was sure Lupe had not gone to church. His sister Olivia kissed a boy while working out in the fields. Now he was committing a sin by covering up for all of them and he wondered if it was worse to sin on Sunday. While deep in thought, he spotted Milo rummaging through a nearby trash bin. Alex decided to forgive his friend, and then, as he stood up, he heard the sound of the change rattling in his pocket. Ashamed and guilty, he tried to reassure himself that he had not done anything wrong.

He had lost sight of him several times, and later he noticed a bulge inside James’s pocket but thought nothing of it at the time. He wondered why James had been so generous. How come he had not tried to persuade Alex to stay with him? Was he anxious to be alone? It was not like him to let Alex get away so easily. Whatever happened, Alex was determined to keep a tight lip over the whole affair. He was not about to make trouble for himself by saying anything to his parents. He had heard his mother mutter critical remarks about James’s behavior.

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