The Legal Construction of Identity: The Judicial and Social Legacy of American Colonialism in Puerto Rico
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
The Legal Construction of Identity: The Judicial and Social Legacy of American Colonialism in Puerto Rico investigates how the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico has been created and recreated over the past 100 years. More specifically, the author engages in the lively exploration of how law has contributed to the construction of a particular social reality, a reality embodied by the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico.
The book discusses the legal constructs and governing norms involved in the struggle for identity, specifically a Puerto Rican identity, one which claims rights to United States citizenship and participation while also asserting a separate cultural identity. The law as a crucial arbiter of self-determination and self-perception is also analyzed in relation to Puerto Ricans striving to form a distinct national identity. This book will be of interest not only to social scientists and legal scholars but also to anyone interested in the symbiotic relationship between law and society.