Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire: The Disembodied Shade, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

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

The Disembodied Shade, 1st Edition

By Charles R. Venator-Santiago


168 pages

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Drawing on a postcolonial legal history of the United States’ territorial expansionism, this book provides an analysis of the foundations of its 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 US Global Empire: The Disembodied Shade combines a unique study of Puerto Rican legal history with a new interpretation of contemporary US policy. As such, it provides a valuable resource for students and scholars of the legal and historical disciplines, especially those with a specific interest in American and postcolonial studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Conceptual Overview, Chapter 2: Nineteenth Century Territorial Expansionism, Chapter 3: Large Policy Expansionism, The Third View, and the Unincorporated Territory, Chapter 4: Citizenship and the Inclusive Exclusion of Puerto Ricans, Chapter 5: Rights, Subjectivity, and the US Global Empire, Chapter 6: Unincorporated Camps: Guantánamo Bay and the War on Terror, Chapter 7: The Extraterritorial Subjectivities of US Global Empire, Chapter 8: Conclusion, Bibliography

About the Author

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).

About the Series

Law and the Postcolonial

Ethics, Politics, & Economy

Law and the Postcolonial: Ethics, Politics, & Economy seeks to expand the critical scope of racial, postcolonial, and global theory and analysis, focusing on how the global juridico-economic apparatus has been, and continues to be, shaped by the Colonial and the Racial structurings of power. It includes works that seek to move beyond the previous privileging of culture in considerations of racial and postcolonial subjectivity to offer a more comprehensive engagement with the legal, economic and moral issues of the global present.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / International
LAW / Jurisprudence
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism