Colonial Dilemma: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Puerto Rico

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A collection of essays exposing and attacking misconceptions and ignorance regarding the role of the U.S. and other local issues in the context of the broader Puerto Rican struggle for self-determination.

"Comprehensive, inter-disciplinary work examines social, political, and economic life in Puerto Rico in the context of the island's political and geopolitical milieu"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Overview

A collection of essays exposing and attacking misconceptions and ignorance regarding the role of the U.S. and other local issues in the context of the broader Puerto Rican struggle for self-determination.

"Comprehensive, inter-disciplinary work examines social, political, and economic life in Puerto Rico in the context of the island's political and geopolitical milieu"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In these 15 academic essays, which first appeared in Radical America magazine, Puerto Rican activist intellectuals assess politics, economics and emerging social movements. Tracing Puerto Rico's colonialist history, Pedro Caban of Rutgers suggests that each of the options presented to Puerto Rico in a 1991 referendum--commonwealth, statehood or independence--would maintain U.S. economic and security interests. Juan Manuel Carrion, of the University of Puerto Rico, explores how Puerto Rican cultural nationalism is stronger than political nationalism. Edwin Melendez (co-author of In the Shadow of the Sun: Caribbean Development Alternatives and U.S. Policies ) suggests that only when Puerto Rico's economy is independent of outside capital can the island escape colonialism. Carlos Ala Santiago-Rivera, of the University of Puerto Rico, observes that Puerto Rican labor unions have not done enough to recruit workers, especially women, in the growing service, banking and commercial sectors. Other contributors address Puerto Rican feminism, educational reform, and the Puerto Rican diaspora in the United States. Co-editor Edgardo Melendez is associate professor of political science at the University of Puerto Rico. (Feb.)
Library Journal
The editors of this collection of essays on contemporary Puerto Rico argue that it has been a U.S. ``neo-colony since 1898.'' The contributors, many of them leading students of the region, divide their interpretations into five categories: the debate over statehood; the economy and Puerto Rico's role in the Caribbean; recent social movements including an interesting article on feminism; American views of Puerto Rico; and the future struggle for independence. Despite its critical posture, the book is clearly written, provides a broad, current appraisal of salient political and economic issues facing Puerto Rico, and raises many provocative questions about its relationship to the United States. Recommended for most libraries.-- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896084414
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Latina/O and Latin American Studies
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,377,798
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Politics and the Status Debate
Ch. 1 Redefining Puerto Rico's Political Status 19
Ch. 2 Colonialism, Citizenship, and Contemporary Statehood 41
Ch. 3 U.S. Military Installations in Puerto Rico: Controlling the Caribbean 53
Ch. 4 The National Question in Puerto Rico 67
Pt. II Puerto Rico's Economy and Its New Role in the Caribbean
Ch. 5 Politics and Economic Reforms in Post-war Puerto Rico 79
Ch. 6 Export-Oriented Industrialization and the Demand for Female Labor: Puerto Rican Women in the Manufacturing Sector, 1952-1980 89
Ch. 7 Puerto Rico's New Role in the Caribbean: The High-Finance/Maquiladora Strategy 103
Pt. III Emerging Social Movements
Ch. 8 The Rescate Movement: An Alternative Way of Doing Politics 119
Ch. 9 Puerto Rican Feminism at a Crossroad: Challenges at the Turn of the Century 131
Ch. 10 The Puerto Rican Labor Movement in the 1990s 143
Ch. 11 A Community-Based Approach to Educational Reform in Puerto Rico 157
Pt. IV Views from the United States
Ch. 12 A Divided Nation: The Puerto Rican Diaspora in the United States and the Proposed Referendum 173
Ch. 13 Migrants, Citizenship, and Social Pacts 181
Ch. 14 U.S. Solidarity with Puerto Rico: Rockwell Kent, 1937 189
Pt. V Looking Toward the Future
Ch. 15 The Struggle for Independence: The Long March to the Twenty-first Century 201
Notes 215
About the Contributors 243
Index 247
About South End Press 255
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