Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico / Edition 1

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Overview


"Laura Briggs has given us a very smart book. She's opened my eyes to Puerto Rican women's centrality to the entire American imperial enterprise. Pay attention to prostitution—debates about it, maneuvers to control it, reliance on it—and we'll gain a more realistic sense of political life. Briggs shows us how true that is. I'm going to recommend this book to everyone."—Cynthia Enloe, author of Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives

"A superb analysis of how U.S. colonialism in Puerto Rico had profound effects on sex, gender, and racial formations in both nations. Briggs sets new standards for the study of race and gender in U.S. women's history."—Peggy Pascoe, University of Oregon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520232587
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2003
  • Series: American Crossroads Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 289
  • Sales rank: 757,580
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Laura Briggs is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Arizona.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction. Colonialism: Familiar Territory

1. Sexuality, Medicine, and Imperialism: The International Traffic in Prostitution Policy
2. Sex and Citizenship: The Politics of Prostitution in Puerto Rico, 1898–1918
3. Debating Reproduction: Birth Control, Eugenics, and Overpopulation in Puerto Rico, 1920–1940
4. Demon Mothers in the Social Laboratory: Development, Overpopulation, and "the Pill," 1940–1960
5. The Politics of Sterilization, 1937–1974
6. "I like to be in America": Postwar Puerto Rican Migration, the Culture of Poverty, and the Moynihan Report

Epilogue. Ghosts, Cyborgs, and Why Puerto Rico Is the Most Important Place in the World
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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