Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism by Laura Briggs

By Laura Briggs

Original and compelling, Laura Briggs's Reproducing Empire shows how, for either Puerto Ricans and North american citizens, ideologies of sexuality, replica, and gender have formed family among the island and the mainland. From technology to public coverage, the "culture of poverty" to overpopulation, feminism to Puerto Rican nationalism, this publication uncovers the endurance of matters approximately motherhood, prostitution, and relatives in shaping the ideals and practices of just about each participant within the twentieth-century drama of Puerto Rican colonialism. during this means, it sheds mild at the legacies haunting modern debates over globalization.

Puerto Rico is an ideal lens by which to ascertain colonialism and globalization simply because for the earlier century it's been the place the us has expressed and fine-tuned its attitudes towards its personal expansionism. Puerto Rico's historical past holds no basic classes for present-day debate over globalization yet does unearth a few of its background. Reproducing Empire suggests that interventionist discourses of rescue, relations, and sexuality fueled U.S. imperial tasks and arranged American colonialism.

Through the politics, biology, and drugs of eugenics, prostitution, and contraception, the USA has justified its presence within the territory's politics and society. Briggs makes an leading edge contribution to Puerto Rican and U.S. background, successfully arguing that gender has been the most important to the connection among the us and Puerto Rico, and extra largely, to U.S. growth elsewhere.

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60 Another physician, writing about the efficacy of Ehrlich’s “606,” asserted, “I believe that it is a specific in syphilis, though it would be presumptuous to say that it will cure every case . .

S. military merely restricted prostitution to neighborhoods where it was already common and instituted mandatory medical exams. S. troops occupied the city of Veracruz, Mexico in 1914, the Red Cross helped the army undertake enforcement of a segregated district and medical inspection there. S. oversight of the system. S. S. military endorsed the existing Spanish policy of protecting the families of gente decente (respectable people) from rowdy women, unsanitary prostitution, and the danger of contagion through quarantine in segregated neighborhoods, weekly or biweekly pelvic exams, and mandatory medical treatment.

Second, this chapter make the feminist argument that the “private” sphere is and was fundamentally political, that ways of organizing sexuality structured imperial armies, labor forces, public policy, and debate about reform. It explores the sense in which prostitution policy was a technology of empire that was reiterated, surprisingly intact, from one empire to another. Third, this chapter points to a specific instance of a larger dynamic: colonialism was not something that happened “over there,” with little or no effect on the internal dynamics and culture of the imperial power itself.

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