Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story by José Inez Taylor

By José Inez Taylor

"This booklet represents an important contribution to the self-discipline in that it increases vital problems with ethnographic authority and authorship. . . . certainly, it may well 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 fatherland within the early Forties, he learns approximately evil in his neighborhood and takes his first steps towards manhood via trying to safeguard his new buddy from corrupt officers. although a fictional tale, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the existence reviews 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 leading edge ethnography, anthropologist James Taggart collaborates with Joe Taylor to discover how Alex and the Hobo sprang from Taylor's existence reviews and the way it offers 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 circulate, the farmworkers' union, his neighborhood, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart provides the ethnography an effective theoretical underpinning through discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of the way he created it signify an act of resistance to the category method that Taylor perceives as destroying his local tradition.

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The neon lights flickering on the marquee announced a serialized Western, the fifth chapter of Jungle Man, and The Little Rascals. There was laughing and yelling, pushing and shoving, and games of tag. A couple of boys were locked in wrestling holds. The girls found the boys’ behavior disgusting, and they went by themselves, but Olivia kept Alex in her sight at all times. By seven most had purchased tickets, and the theater doors opened, starting a stampede. Olivia lost sight of her brother but was confident he was with his friends.

No, son. Over there, next to those hills,” said the old man, pointing to a barren rise in the east. Alex spotted a rock formation that looked like some prehistoric animal looming at the foot of the hills. It reminded him of something he had seen in a schoolbook. ” Alex asked as he pointed in the direction of what looked like an ancient creature. “Yes, and did you know those rocks are strange? They hold a mystery. ” “Are they sacred and that other word you said: myster . . ” “I’m not sure. Maybe not to everybody, but to me they are.

Some field bosses had little consideration for the workers, regardless of their sex or age, and were downright mean, shouting in foul language, making passes at the women, patting them on the butt and looking down their blouses. Alex saw one of them try to touch Olivia’s breasts. Olivia was a blossoming young girl who was considered very pretty. Feeling shocked and enraged, Alex tried to jump him, but the man slapped him hard across his face. He and Olivia both tried to put up a fight and got hurt trying to defend themselves against their field boss.

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