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Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire

The Disembodied Shade

By Charles R. Venator-Santiago

Routledge – 2014 – 144 pages

Series: Law and the Postcolonial

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Description

Drawing on a postcolonial legal history of United States territorial expansionism, this book provides an analysis of the foundations of US global empire. Charles R. Venator-Santiago argues that the United States has developed three traditions of territorial expansionism with corresponding constitutional interpretations, namely colonialist, imperialist, and global expansionist. This book offers an alternative interpretation of the origins of US global expansion, suggesting it began with the tradition of territorial expansionism following the 1898 Spanish-American War to legitimate the annexation of Puerto Rico and other non-contiguous territories. The relating constitutional interpretation grew out of the 1901 Insular Cases in which the Supreme Court coined the notion of an unincorporated territory to describe the 1900 Foraker Act’s normalization of the prevailing military territorial policies. Since then the United States has invoked the ensuing precedents to legitimate a wide array of global policies, including the "War on Terror".

Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire: The Disembodied Shade marries a unique study of Puerto Rican legal history with a new interpretation of contemporary U.S. policy. As such, it is a valuable resource for students and scholars of the legal and historical disciplines, especially those with a specific interest in American and Postcolonial Studies.

Professor Charles R. Venator-Santiago is Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in El Instituto: Institute for Latino/a, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is also a board member of the Latino/a Critical Theory (LatCrit) organization and President of the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA).

Contents

Chapter 1: A Conceptual Overview Chapter 2: United States Territorial Expansionism Circa 1898 Chapter 3: Large Policy Expansionism, the Third View, and Puerto Rico Chapter 4: Puerto Rico and the New Territorial Subjectivity Chapter 5: Unincorporated Camps: Guantánamo Bay and the War on Terror Chapter 6: The Extraterritorial Subjectivities of US Global Empire Chapter 7: Conclusion Bibliography

Author Bio

Professor Charles R. Venator-Santiago is Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in El Instituto: Institute for Latino/a, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is also a board member of the Latino/a Critical Theory (LatCrit) organization and President of the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA).

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Description: By Charles R. Venator-Santiago. Drawing on a postcolonial legal history of United States territorial expansionism, this book provides an analysis of the foundations of US global empire. Charles R. Venator-Santiago argues that the United States has developed three traditions of...
Categories: Socio-Legal Studies - International Law & Politics, Latin American Politics, Global Governance, Political Geography, Human Rights Law & Civil Liberties, International Law - Law, Legal Theory, War & Conflict Studies, U.S. Politics, Globalization