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Seams of EmpireRace and Radicalism in Puerto Rico and the United States$
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Carlos Alamo-Pastrana

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062563

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062563.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Seams of Empire
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Carlos Alamo-Pastrana

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062563.003.0001

This introduction examines the use of the comparative method as an analytic tool for understanding race in Puerto Rico and the United States. Given the limited understandings of race through the silencing of marginalized voices, power dynamics, and social movements, this chapter instead proposes racial imbrication as an alternative lens for understanding race. Racial imbrication permits a relational analysis of different units that also considers the spaces most likely to be ignored or overlooked in traditional comparative analyses. The final third of the chapter offers a brief overview of each chapter and the aims of the book.

Keywords:   Race, Puerto Rico, United States, comparative method, racial imbrication

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