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Nosotros
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xxii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Chapter 1. Phenomenology of Everyday Life: Fenomenología Cotidiana y los Hispanos
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. Chapter 2. The Oral Tradition: El Saber Popular
  2. pp. 27-56
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  1. Chapter 3. Mortification, an Interactional Perspective: La Mortificación
  2. pp. 57-72
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  1. Chapter 4. Shame, Respect, and Joking Exchanges: Vergüenza, Respeto, y la Carría
  2. pp. 73-90
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  1. Chapter 5. Violence in Mexican Music: Mancornando
  2. pp. 91-122
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  1. Chapter 6. Being in Prison: En la Pinta
  2. pp. 123-140
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  1. Chapter 7. Multiple Realities: Múltiples Realidades
  2. pp. 141-170
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  1. Chapter 8. Curse and Disorder: El Desmadre
  2. pp. 171-190
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  1. Chapter 9. Leave Taking: Despedidas
  2. pp. 191-214
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  1. Chapter 10. From Tombstones to Star Trek: ¡Qué poco soy! ¿No soy más?
  2. pp. 215-244
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  1. Chapter 11. Seeking Light after the Great Night: Tinieblas
  2. pp. 245-266
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  1. Chapter 12. Giving Thanks: Dando Gracias
  2. pp. 267-294
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  1. Chapter 13. Final Thoughts: Pensamientos Últimos
  2. pp. 295-322
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 323-332
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  1. References
  2. pp. 333-350
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 351-357
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  1. Back Cover
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