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

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ISBN-10: 0520232585

ISBN-13: 9780520232587

Edition: 2002

Authors: Laura Briggs

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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…    
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Book details

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: 1.210
Language: English

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.

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