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 could possibly function a version for brand spanking new how one can write ethnography." --Miguel D?az-Barriga, affiliate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore collage whilst a ten-year-old boy befriends a mysterious hobo in his southern Colorado fatherland within the early Nineteen Forties, he learns approximately evil in his neighborhood and takes his first steps towards manhood by means of trying to safeguard his new good friend from corrupt officers. even though a fictional tale, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the lifestyles studies 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 buildings 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 stream, the farmworkers' union, his neighborhood, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart provides the ethnography a superior theoretical underpinning through discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of ways he created it symbolize an act of resistance to the category approach that Taylor perceives as destroying his local tradition.

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Alex asked. ” “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.

From what Alex had seen, drinking and dancing go hand in hand, and Milo was one of the few men no one had seen take a drink. Alex saw Milo knock lightly on her door. After a few seconds, China answered and let him in without a word, evidently because she’d known he was coming. Alex was puzzled about why his friend was with a woman like her. He figured Milo was a hobo with just one ambition in life: to survive by collecting junk. He waited to see if Milo and China would appear on their way somewhere and, when they did not come out of the house, he crept into the yard and hid behind a lilac bush.

He just laughed them off, but he did leave them alone and did not try to pester Olivia again. Alex did not tell his parents what had happened because he knew they would be upset, even angry, and yet they needed Olivia to continue working. The trucks returned to town and dropped off the workers at the same spot near the store, where they bought food for the following day’s lunch and then drove home or hitched a ride with family, friends, or neighbors. Few could afford an icebox, and so their lunchmeat only lasted through the cool night and into the middle of the next day.

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