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Reproducing Empire Race, Sex, Science and U. S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico

ISBN-10: 0520232585
ISBN-13: 9780520232587
Edition: 2002
Authors: Laura Briggs
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Description: Original and compelling, Laura Briggs's Reproducing Empire shows how, for both Puerto Ricans and North Americans, ideologies of sexuality, reproduction, and gender have shaped relations between the island and the mainland. From science to public  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/20/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Original and compelling, Laura Briggs's Reproducing Empire shows how, for both Puerto Ricans and North Americans, ideologies of sexuality, reproduction, and gender have shaped relations between the island and the mainland. From science to public policy, the "culture of poverty" to overpopulation, feminism to Puerto Rican nationalism, this book uncovers the persistence of concerns about motherhood, prostitution, and family in shaping the beliefs and practices of virtually every player in the twentieth-century drama of Puerto Rican colonialism. In this way, it sheds light on the legacies haunting contemporary debates over globalization. Puerto Rico is a perfect lens through which to examine colonialism and globalization because for the past century it has been where the United States has expressed and fine-tuned its attitudes toward its own expansionism. Puerto Rico's history holds no simple lessons for present-day debate over globalization but does unearth some of its history. Reproducing Empire suggests that interventionist discourses of rescue, family, and sexuality fueled U.S. imperial projects and organized American colonialism. Through the politics, biology, and medicine of eugenics, prostitution, and birth control, the United States has justified its presence in the territory's politics and society. Briggs makes an innovative contribution to Puerto Rican and U.S. history, effectively arguing that gender has been crucial to the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico, and more broadly, to U.S. expansion elsewhere.

Megan Seelyis a third wave feminist and activist. She was the youngest-ever elected president of California National Organization for Women, serving two terms from 2001 to 2005. An activist from a very young age she has been involved in community organizing and feminist activism on local, state, and national levels. She lives and teaches in northern California.Laura Briggs is Associate Professor and Department Head, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Colonialism: Familiar Territory
Sexuality, Medicine, and Imperialism: The International Traffic in Prostitution Policy
Sex and Citizenship: The Politics of Prostitution in Puerto Rico, 1898-1918
Debating Reproduction: Birth Control, Eugenics, and Overpopulation in Puerto Rico, 1920-1940
Demon Mothers in the Social Laboratory: Development, Overpopulation, and "the Pill," 1940-1960
The Politics of Sterilization, 1937-1974
"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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