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Scripts of Blackness – Race, Cultural Nationalism, and U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Scripts of Blackness: Race, Cultural Nationalism, and U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico

Isar P. Godreau


The geopolitical influence of the United States informs the processes of racialization in Puerto Rico, including the construction of black places. This book explores how Puerto Rican national discourses about race—created to overcome U.S. colonial power—simultaneously privilege whiteness, typecast blackness, and silence charges of racism. Based on an ethnographic study of the barrio of San Antón in the city of Ponce, the book examines institutional and local representations of blackness as developing from a power-laden process that is inherently selective and political, not neutral or natural. ... More

Keywords: racialization, Puerto Rico, U.S. colonial power, colonial whiteness, blackness, racism, slavery, San Antón, racial mixture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038907
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038907.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isar P. Godreau, author
University of Puerto Rico Cayey

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