Puerto Rico: Culture, Politics, and Identity / Edition 1

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This book uses historical and interview data to trace the development of Puerto Rican identity in the 20th century. It analyzes how and why Puerto Ricans have maintained a clear sense of distinctiveness in the face of direct and indirect pressures on their identity. After gaining sovereignty over Puerto Rico from Spain in 1898, the United States undertook a sustained campaign to "Americanize" the island. Despite 50 years of active Americanization and another 40 years of continued United States sovereignty over the island, Puerto Ricans retain a sense of themselves as distinctly and proudly Puerto Rican. This study examines the symbols of Puerto Rican identity, and their use in the complex politics of the island. It shows that identity is dynamic, it is experienced differently by individuals across Puerto Rican society, and that the key symbols of Puerto Rican identity have not remained static over time. Through the study of Puerto Rico, the book investigates and challenges the widely-heard argument that the inevitable result of the export of U.S. mass media and consumer culture throughout the world is the weakening of cultural identities in receiving societies. The book develops the idea that external pressure on collective identity may strengthen that identity rather than, as is often assumed, diminish it.

"Explores how local political elites have shaped Puerto Rican identity during almost a century of US involvement. Traces Island's political trajectory in its relations with US (pt. 1), and reproduces verbatim interviews with selected political leaders to identify elements that contribute to Puerto Ricans' sense of nationhood (pt. 2). Concludes that, despite pervasiveness of US cultural norms and the pressure to assimilate, Puerto Rican identity remains resilient to this day (pt. 3)"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Examines Puerto Rican national identity in the century of US sovereignty over Puerto Rico through the eyes of political elites, focusing on aspects of national identity that have been largely overlooked in the past. Describes the political interaction between Puerto Rico and the US since the island passed to US control in 1898, and interviews present-day Puerto Rican political leaders from various parties. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275954529
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/18/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

NANCY MORRIS is a lecturer in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 National Identity and Puerto Rico 7
2 The Americanization Campaign, 1898-1948 21
3 Commonwealth Status, 1949-1993 47
4 Symbols of Identity: What Is Puerto Rico? 69
5 Self-Identity: What Am I? 103
6 The Challenge to Puerto Rican Identity 129
7 The Resilience of Identity 155
Appendix: Field Research Notes 171
Bibliography 187
Index 199
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