In Search of Naunny's Grave: Age, Class, Gender and Ethnicity in an American Family (Ethnographic Alternatives)

In Search of Naunny's Grave: Age, Class, Gender and Ethnicity in an American Family (Ethnographic Alternatives)

By: Nick Trujillo (author)Paperback

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Elsie Martinez Trujillo Alcaraz, 'Naunny' to her grandson and communication scholar Nick Trujillo, was a working class woman, daughter of New Mexico Hispanos, and eventually the resident of a Los Angeles nursing home. She becomes the focal point for Trujillo's experimental ethnography of family relations, aging, and ethnic identity throughout the twentieth century. Collecting narratives of his grandmother's life, Trujillo learns how family members use stories to define the family's sense of itself and create collective views on intergenerational relations, social history, gender, class, and ethnicity. Through these stories, family photos, and his own recollections, supplemented with Elsie's letters and journal entries, the author is able to explore topics often ignored in life histories of the elderly-sexuality, body image, eating disorders, marital discord, mobility patterns, racial prejudice, and interactions with the health care system. Trujillo's presentation brings Naunny's humor, liveliness, and generosity alive for scholars and students alike and provides a vivid portrait of being Hispanic and female in the 20th century American west.

About Author

Nick Trujillo is professor of communication studies at California State University, Sacramento.


Chapter 1 The Family Historian Chapter 2 A Lifetime of Work, A Lifetime of Poverty Chapter 3 Sex and the Single Grandma Chapter 4 Serving Us Proudly and Giving Us Everything Chapter 5 When Naunny Became a Mexican Chapter 6 A Frail, Old Woman Chapter 7 One Last Gasp Chapter 8 The Search Continues Chapter 9 Appendix: Studying Naunny Chapter 10 Notes Chapter 11 References Chapter 12 About the Author Chapter 13 Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780759105003
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780759105003
  • weight: 345
  • ISBN10: 0759105006

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