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Puerto Rico and the Origins of Global US Empire: The Disembodied Shade

ISBN13: 9781138241602
Published: November 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2015)
Price: £34.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780415662307

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Puerto Rico and the Origins of Global US Empire uses the case of Puerto Rico to analyze the development of two constitutive dimensions of the United States global Empire's legal framework. The U.S. global Empire's legal framework, this book argues, has consistently invoked authoritative interpretations of the U.S. Constitution to legitimate its power to ascribe an extraterritorial status to territorial spaces located within its sovereignty, and to ascribe a less than equal status to the subjects inhabiting these localities. United States global expansionism grew out of the inability of U.S. colonialist and imperialist traditions of territorial expansionism to adjust to the changing demands of a world increasingly ruled by global Empires.

During the 1890s, the United States embarked on a global campaign to acquire strategically situated islands/real estate across the globe in order to build permanent naval stations which could be governed without the traditional constitutional constraints or limitations established by colonialist precedents. Presently, advocates for U.S. global Empire draw on the precedents established to govern Puerto Rico, one of the key islands acquired by the United States amidst the Spanish-American War of 1898. More specifically, contemporary advocates of U.S. global Empire rely on the territorial and citizenship law and policy developed to govern Puerto Rico as a source of conceptual precedents. Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire examines, for the first time the development of the legal foundations of the U.S. global Empire, revealing how it developed a new constitutional interpretation that has since been invoked to legitimate a wide array of global campaigns including the creation of torture and detention camps in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, one of the last remaining unincorporated territories.

Other Jurisdictions , USA
Chapter 1: U.S. Global Empire and the Territorialization of Citizenship
Chapter 2: Confinement, Mobility, and the Puerto Rican Citizenship
Chapter 3: Jus Sanguinis Citizenship and the Problem of Statelessness
Chapter 4: Jus Soli Citizenship and the Decent Hierarchical Membership
Chapter 5: Less than Equal Citizenship and the Problem of Expatriation