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“A well-written, historically informed, and original treatment of the Puerto Rican cultural and ethno-class struggle in America. Boricua Power is scholarly yet heartfelt and recommended to anyone interested in ethnicity and social power.”
-Michael Parenti, author of The Culture Struggle



“José Sánchez offers a fresh new way of thinking about Puerto Rican politics. Guided by a dynamic and suggestive concept of political power, the author navigates his way deftly through the thickets of volatile debates and controversy in tracking a century-long history of radical class and ethnic speaking-truth-to-power in the Latino vein. Taking us back to the cigar worker strikes before the 1920s, the story of Boricua Power goes on to probe the political scene in the post-World War II era, and then sheds new light on the Young Lords’ Party and the exciting political watershed of the sixties and seventies in New York City. To sidestep the pitfalls of blame-the-victim pathologizing on the one hand, and wishful triumphalism on the other, Sánchez’s metaphor of the play of power as dance is fun, convincing, and thoroughly apropos.”
-Juan Flores,author of From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity



“This study fills an important gap by presenting a cogent and historically rich account of community empowerment in the intellectual tradition of political economy.”
-Citylimits.org



“The strength of this book resides in the rich details about local politics revealed in these chapters.”
-Political Science Quarterly

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"Jose Sanchez offers a fresh new way of thinking about Puerto Rican politics. Guided by a dynamic and suggestive concept of political power, the author navigates his way deftly through the thickets of volatile debates and controversy in tracking a century-long history of radical class and ethnic speaking-truth-to-power in the Latino vein. Taking us back to the cigar worker strikes before the 1920s, the story of Boricua Power goes on to probe the political scene in the post-World War II era, and then sheds new light on the Young Lords' Party and the exciting political watershed of the Sixties and Seventies in New York City. To sidestep the pitfalls of blame-the-victim pathologizing on the one hand, and wishful triumphalism on the other, Sanchez's metaphor of the play of power as dance is fun, convincing, and thoroughly apropos."?--Juan Flores, author of From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity "A well-written, historically informed, and original treatment of the Puerto Rican cultural and ethno-class struggle in America. Boricua Power is scholarly yet heartfelt and recommended to anyone interested in ethnicity and social power."?--Michael Parenti, author of The Culture Struggle "Boricua Power is a scholarly, insightful and above all original take on an enduring political problem. Highly recommended!" -Bertell Ollman, author of Alienation: Marx's Conception of Man in Capitalist Society

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; annotated edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814798489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814798485
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angel Manuel on July 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
PARADES AND POWER:
THE BORICUAN ODYSSEY
This new book traces the sources of Puerto Rican
striving and setbacks in New York and elsewhere.
By Bienvenido Ruiz
City Limits WEEKLY #594 (July 2, 2007)

Boricua Power: A Political History of Puerto Ricans in the United States; By José Ramón Sánchez; NYU Press; $24.

On a sunny Sunday last month, thousands embraced the 50th National Puerto Rican Day Parade as a celebration of their heritage and a moment of pride and visibility. It was the prime occasion for politicians, celebrities, corporations and assorted public figures to display - and claim the rewards of - their "solidarity" with this community. Besides its high profile and sheer numbers, this event is a yearly New York City milestone for bringing attention to the myriad conflicts between Puerto Ricans and the city's powerful.

Again this year, the media recorded an aftermath of controversy: how many Fifth Avenue buildings were barricaded from the crowd; how many people were arrested, and for what; whether the police wrongfully targeted young people for wearing this or that (supposedly gang-related) t-shirt; how people watching a parade could be accused of "unlawful assembly"; and whether there were "wilding" incidents to report, as in past years.

The unfortunate conflicts following this exceptional moment of visibility reflect, in a way, the history of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. Although this group has had a long and prominent history in New York dating back to the 19th century, its history of struggle to find a place in American society is complex and still poorly understood.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Will Jones on August 15, 2007
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Yes Angel Manuel! Excellent review. This was my experience reading the book to a tee. Sanchez's historical account of the political influence of the Puerto Rican community was a perfect tool to demonstrate the dynamic nature of power. Absolutely convincing! A great read.
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