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

By José Inez Taylor

"This e-book represents an important contribution to the self-discipline in that it increases very important problems with ethnographic authority and authorship. . . . certainly, it could actually function a version for brand spanking new how you 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 Forties, he learns approximately evil in his neighborhood and takes his first steps towards manhood via trying to guard his new pal from corrupt officers. notwithstanding 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 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 structures 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 flow, the farmworkers' union, his neighborhood, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart supplies the ethnography an effective theoretical underpinning through discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of ways he created it characterize an act of resistance to the category method that Taylor perceives as destroying his local tradition.

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When the marshal and his deputy got there, they found only a handful still slugging it out. They tried to stop the fight, but one of the men came at the deputy, who pulled out his billy club and hit the man on the head. The guy went down in a cry of pain. Other men came out of nowhere and jumped into the brawl. Alex saw the marshal fall as he was overpowered by several men. As the brawlers kicked and slugged the marshal, Alex could see bottles flying out of dark corners. 32 ALEX AND THE HOBO One hit a man in the back, and others smashed against the walls and shattered on the cement sidewalk.

He found a seat at the very back near the exit sign, and sat down alone. The last part of the serialized Western was on the screen. The hero was chasing the bad guy on horseback, and the kids watching the movie were yelling and screaming, drowning out the sound. Alex could see the puffs of smoke coming from the cowboys’ guns, firing at the bad guys on the run. The movie had a happy ending, as most Westerns do. ” The hero fired as many rounds, but he still had some bullets left in his gun and he shot and killed the bad guy to end the movie.

Alex spotted the hobo across the street with his sack full, headed for a nearby store. ” All of the men turned to look. “I don’t know, hijo. ” “That’s Milo,” the man in the barber’s chair said. ” asked Alex’s father. ” Alex asked. “No,” the man responded. “I’ve lived here most of my life and I’ve only seen him in the last two years. ” Another man chimed in: “Some say he’s a hobo or a tramp. They follow the railroad and, since the war started, quite a few have passed through here, but they never stay.

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