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Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico (American Crossroads #11)

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Original and compelling, Laura Briggs's Reproducing Empire shows how, for both Puerto Ricans and North Americans, ideologies of sexuality, reproduction, and gender have shaped relations between the island and the mainland. From science to public policy, the "culture of poverty" to overpopulation, feminism to Puerto Rican nationalism, this book uncovers the persistence of c ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by University of California Press (first published December 2nd 2002)
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Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Densely written and very reliant on post-structuralist frameworks. The decision to lay out her theoretical underpinnings at the end of the book is an interesting one. It leaves the reader with a lot to think about once they are done. Briggs takes up Spivak's question, "Can the subaltern speak?", with some success. Rather than using subaltern women (in this case Puerto Rican women who suffered at the hands of American colonial efforts) as "ventriloquist puppets" she talks about those who enacted ...more
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
The concluding essay is amazing.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.8 Interesting look at how working class Puerto Rican women have been portrayed and controlled in the context of U.S imperialism. The book focuses more heavily on the different narratives surrounding Puerto Rican women as opposed to describing the experiences these women had. The author justifies her choice to do this in her epilogue, but I still found a tad disappointing (but that could be just personal tastes). Some chapters are more interesting than others, and sometimes the author's writing ...more
Nicole Cordier
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dense but an excellent analysis. A little heavy on theory in places but where she is heavy on theory, she explains the theory well.
Oct 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
One of the worst Puerto Rican history books I've ever read. It is not well contextualized in Puerto Rican or Latin American historiographies, which brings a lot of problems to the author's analysis. Does being an American scholar entitle you to completely change the experiences of Puerto Rican women? Sources aren't problematized properly and thus her analysis is relatively weak. If you see this as a good book, you need to read more on Puerto Rico.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent look at exactly what the title says, "Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico". Laura Briggs' examination of these dynamics and the occurrence of forced sterilization in Puerto Rico is a worthwhile read. As a piece of cultural history and theory, I quite enjoyed it. (Hence, an academic read).
John Hansen
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Well-researched, on a significant and vastly underwritten topic, but I couldn't connect stylistically.
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Laura Briggs is the Chair of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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