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The year 1998 represents the hundredth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico. Since that time, the “Puerto Rican archipelago” has come to extend from the island itself, up the Eastern seaboard, and as far west as California and Hawai’i. Puerto Rican Jam considers the issues unique to Puerto Rican culture and politics, issues often encapsulated in concerns about ethnicity, race, gender, and language.

Discussions of Puerto Rican cultural politics usually fall into one of two categories, nationalist or colonialist. Puerto Rican Jam moves beyond this narrow dichotomy, elaborating alternatives to dominant postcolonial theories, and includes essays written from the perspectives of groups that are not usually represented, such as gays and lesbians, youth, blacks, and women. The essays propose different ways of conceptualizing the U.S.-Puerto Rican colonial relationship, thus opening new spaces for political, social, economic, and cultural agency for Puerto Ricans on both the island and the continent. Among the topics discussed are the limitations of nationalism as a transformative and democratizing political discourse, the contradictory impact of American colonialism, language politics, and the 1928 U.S. congressional hearings on women’s suffrage in Puerto Rico.

A groundbreaking contribution to the study of colonialism, Puerto Rican Jam represents an important engagement with issues raised by American expansionism in the Caribbean.

Contributors: Jaime E. Benson-Arias, U of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez; Arlene Dávila, Syracuse U; Chloé S. Georas, SUNY, Binghamton; Manuel Guzmán, CUNY Graduate Center; Gladys M. Jiménez-Muñoz, SUNY, Oneonta;  Agustín Lao, SUNY, Binghamton; Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, U of Puerto Rico; Mariano Négron-Portillo, U of Puerto Rico; José Quiroga, George Washington U;  Raquel Z. Rivera, CUNY Graduate Center; Alberto Sandoval Sánchez, Mount Holyoke College;  Kelvin A. Santiago-Valles, SUNY, Binghamton.

Frances Negrón-Muntaner is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at Rutgers University, as well as a poet and filmmaker. Ramón Grosfoguel is assistant professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Binghamton.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Native of Nowhere
  2. Chloé S. Georas
  3. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Beyond Nationalist and Colonialist Discourses: The Jaiba Politics of the Puerto Rican Ethno-Nation
  2. Ramón Grosfoguel, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Chloé S. Georas
  3. pp. 1-36
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  1. Part One: Challenging Nationalism
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. 1 Puerto Rico: Surviving Colonialism and Nationalism
  2. Mariano Negrón-Portillo
  3. pp. 39-56
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  1. 2 The Divorce of Nationalist Discourses from the Puerto Rican People: A Sociohistorical Perspective
  2. Ramón Grosfoguel
  3. pp. 57-76
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  1. 3 Puerto Rico: The Myth of the National Economy
  2. Jaime E. Benson-Arias
  3. pp. 77-92
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  1. Part Two: Thinking Textually
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. 4 The Discreet Charm of the Proletariat: Imagining Early-Twentieth-Century Puerto Ricans in the Past Twenty-Five Years of Historical Inquiry
  2. Kelvin A. Santiago-Valles
  3. pp. 95-115
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  1. 5 Narrating the Tropical Pharmacy
  2. José Quiroga
  3. pp. 116-126
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  1. 6 Deconstructing Puerto Ricanness through Sexuality: Female Counternarratives on Puerto Rican Identity (1894–1934)
  2. Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel
  3. pp. 127-139
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  1. 7 "So We Decided to Come and Ask You Ourselves": The 1928 U.S. Congressional Hearings on Women's Suffrage in Puerto Rico
  2. Gladys M. Jiménez-Muñoz
  3. pp. 140-166
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  1. Part Three: The Puerto Rican Archipelago: Contested Identities
  2. pp. 167-168
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  1. 8 Islands at the Crossroads: Puerto Ricanness Traveling between the Translocal Nation and the Global City
  2. Agustín Lao
  3. pp. 169-188
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  1. 9 Puerto Rican Identity Up in the Air: Air Migration, Its Cultural Representations, and Me "Cruzando el Charco"
  2. Alberto Sandoval Sánchez
  3. pp. 189-208
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  1. 10 "Pa' La Escuelita con Mucho Cuida'o y por la Orillita": A Journey through the Contested Terrains of the Nation and Sexual Orientation
  2. Manuel Guzmán
  3. pp. 209-228
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  1. Part Four: Culture Wars in Contemporary Puerto Rico
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. 11 Contending Nationalisms: Culture, Politics, and Corporate Sponsorship in Puerto Rico
  2. Arlene Dávila
  3. pp. 231-242
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  1. 12 Rapping Two Versions of the Same Requiem
  2. Raquel Z. Rivera
  3. pp. 243-256
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  1. 13 English Only Jamás but Spanish Only Cuidado: Language and Nationalism in Contemporary Puerto Rico
  2. Frances Negrón-Muntaner
  3. pp. 257-286
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 287-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-303
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816687626
Related ISBN
9780816628490
MARC Record
OCLC
191930586
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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