By Laura Briggs
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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