By José Inez Taylor
"This booklet represents an important contribution to the self-discipline in that it increases very important 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 native land within the early Forties, he learns approximately evil in his neighborhood and takes his first steps towards manhood by way of trying to shield his new pal from corrupt officers. although a fictional tale, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the lifestyles 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 discovered from the Chicano move, the farmworkers' union, his group, his father, his mom, and his faith. Taggart provides the ethnography a fantastic theoretical underpinning by way of discussing how the tale and Taylor's account of ways he created it signify an act of resistance to the category procedure that Taylor perceives as destroying his local tradition.
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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.
We saw them the next night. ” The old man nodded his head. “He believed me then, and every year since I’ve seen them during Lent and Holy Week. Every year I sit and look for them and I see them. ” Alex had not known about the lights by the rocks because he was new to this part of the valley. Legend had it that these lights or balls of ﬁre appeared often. Many a traveler going through had seen them, cowboys and shepherds among them, but few came right out and spoke to just anyone about what they had seen.
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. But then he won’t say anything more about him. ” Alex’s father ﬁnished with the haircut, and the men continued wondering why the hobo only talked to the postmaster. Then they changed the subject, and Alex did not hear any more about Milo that day. The conversation in the barbershop changed like the phases of the moon and the weather. Outside, the strong winds of spring abated, leaving scars all over the prairie.
Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story by José Inez Taylor