America's Colony: The Political and Cultural Conflict between the United States and Puerto Rico

America's Colony: The Political and Cultural Conflict between the United States and Puerto Rico

by Pedro A Malavet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814757413

ISBN-13: 9780814757413

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

The precise legal nature of the relationship between the United States and the people of Puerto Rico was not explicitly determined in 1898 when the Treaty of Paris trans-ferred sovereignty over Puerto Rico from Spain to the United States. Since then, many court cases, beginning in 1901, have been instrumental in defining this delicate relationship. While the…  See more details below

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The precise legal nature of the relationship between the United States and the people of Puerto Rico was not explicitly determined in 1898 when the Treaty of Paris trans-ferred sovereignty over Puerto Rico from Spain to the United States. Since then, many court cases, beginning in 1901, have been instrumental in defining this delicate relationship. While the legislation has clearly established the non-existence of Puerto Rican nationhood and lack of independent Puerto Rican citizenship, the debate over Puerto Rico's status continues to this day. America's Colony offers a critique of Puerto Rico's current status as well as of its treatment by the U.S. legal and political systems. Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States, and Puerto Ricans living on this geographically separate island are subject to the United States' legal and political authority. They are the largest group of U.S. citizens currently living under territorial status. Malavet argues that the Puerto Rican cultural nation experiences U.S. imperialism, which compromises both the island's sovereignty and Puerto Ricans' citizenship rights. He analyzes the three alternatives to Puerto Rico's continued territorial status, examining the challenges manifest in each possibility, as well as illuminating what he believes to be the best course of action.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814757413
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Series:
Critical America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction : why I am here1
1Race, culture, colonialism, citizenships, and Latina/o critical race theory15
2The legal relationship between Puerto Rico and the Estados Unidos de Norteamerica (United States of America)28
3Puerto Rican political culture49
4Puerto Rican cultural nationhood100
5Theorizing a new reality of citizenship and nation117
6A framework for legal reform132
7Conclusion147

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