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Nosotros: A Study of Everyday Meanings in Hispano New Mexico
by Alvin O. Korte
Michigan State University Press, 2012
Paper: 978-1-61186-029-0 | eISBN: 978-1-60917-321-0
Library of Congress Classification F805.S75K675 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.8680789

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Much knowledge and understanding can be generated from the experiences of everyday life. In this engaging study, Alvin O. Korte examines how this concept applies to Spanish-speaking peoples adapted to a particular locale, specifically the Hispanos and Hispanas of northern New Mexico. Drawing on social philosopher Alfred Schutz’s theory of typification, Korte looks at how meaning and identity are crafted by quotidian activities. Incorporating phenomenological and ethnomethodological strategies, the author investigates several aspects of local Hispano culture, including the oral tradition, leave-taking, death and remembrances of the dead, spirituality, and the circle of life. Although avoiding a social-problems approach, the book devotes necessary attention to mortificación (the death of the self), desmadre (chaos and disorder), and mancornando (cuckoldry). Nosotros is a vivid and insightful exploration with applications in numerous fields.



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