By Nancy Morris

This publication makes use of historic and interview facts to track the improvement of Puerto Rican identification within the twentieth century. It analyzes how and why Puerto Ricans have maintained a transparent feel of uniqueness within the face of direct and oblique pressures on their identification. After gaining sovereignty over Puerto Rico from Spain in 1898, the U.S. undertook a sustained crusade to Americanize the island. regardless of 50 years of energetic Americanization and one other forty years of persisted usa sovereignty over the island, Puerto Ricans keep a feeling of themselves as tremendously and proudly Puerto Rican. This learn examines the symbols of Puerto Rican id, and their use within the complicated politics of the island. It indicates that identification is dynamic, it truly is skilled otherwise via members throughout Puerto Rican society, and that the most important symbols of Puerto Rican id haven't remained static through the years. during the examine of Puerto Rico, the e-book investigates and demanding situations the widely-heard argument that the inevitable results of the export of U.S. mass media and shopper tradition through the international is the weakening of cultural identities in receiving societies. The e-book develops the concept exterior strain on collective id could advance that identification instead of, as is usually assumed, cut down it.

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