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 might function a version for brand 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 native land within the early Nineteen Forties, he learns approximately evil in his group and takes his first steps towards manhood via 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 stories 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 studies and the way it provides 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 circulate, the farmworkers' union, his neighborhood, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart provides the ethnography a superb theoretical underpinning via discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of the way he created it signify an act of resistance to the category process that Taylor perceives as destroying his local tradition.

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That’s right,” the first man agreed. ” Alex’s father asked in surprise. “Yeah, and from what I heard, he’s never sick, either. ” Alex asked. 19 T H E S T O RY “No. His white hair makes him look old, but he isn’t young, either. I’d say he’s up in his forties. Yet nobody knows where he came from,” said the man. “It makes a person wonder about men like him,” remarked the man sitting in the barber’s chair. “There’s only one person he talks to,” the second man said. “That’s the postmaster. He says the man isn’t dumb, he’s well educated.

Plus, there was not much money in it— at least that’s what his mother always said. “There’s never enough left over. ” he had heard her complain. Many times, Alex had fallen asleep on the bench in his father’s shop, waiting for customers. ” “It’s the times, son. If people don’t have jobs, they don’t make money. If they don’t make money, they can’t spend it,” his father, Tomás, answered as he read a magazine. Alex had an older brother and sister, and they liked to spend time with their own friends.

Alex spotted the Fire Department bell, jarred loose from its cage across the street, and he watched as some volunteers climbed up on the roof and put it back in its place. The wind blew down their ladder, and other members of their company set it back up so the volunteers could climb down from the roof. 15 T H E S T O RY The year was 1942, and Alex and his family had left their ranch so his father could find work and a better school for his children. The new town needed a barber, and Alex’s father was a good one.

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