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Product Details

  • Series: Puerto Rican Studies
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (October 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566395496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566395496
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How views of national identity are forged and contested in Puerto Rico by local and transnational forces --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Arlene Dávila is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University. She has previous work experience with museums and cultural institutions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book I can say that Davila offers a good case study of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture has historically acted as an authority which sanctions specific cultural products/practices as Puerto Rican. Her description of the struggle over authenticity at the Bacardi Festival is excellent. However, her analysis of how identity/ies are negotiated and framed suffers for lack of theoretical rigour. Her understanding of nationalism and her notion of nationalism as somehow inclusive is a case in point. This book also betrays a lack of historical knowledge about Puerto Rican political history as a number of errors concerning political party history appear in the text. The main value of this book is as an empirical case study on which others can build a serious analysis of how culture and identity are contested in Puerto Rico.
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By awesomea on March 30, 2011
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I got what i asked for, and what was described on the quality of the book. Thank you. It was also received in a timely manner.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a very acute study of cultural politics in Puerto Rico. The author exposes the dynamics that make culture such an important forum to debate identity among Puerto Ricans on the island and abroad. It is an excellent book and a must read for anyone interested in contemporary Puerto Rican studies.
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