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Confronting a Colonial Legacy: Asserting Puerto Rican Identity by Legally Renouncing U.S. Citizenship


Jacqueline Font-Guzmán


Creighton University

June 1, 2013

Centro Journal, Spring 2013, Vol. XXV, No. 1

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In this essay I discuss the beliefs and experiences of Puerto Ricans who chose to manage their own belonging and express their cultural national identity by legally renouncing what they consider to be an imposed U.S. citizenship. Acknowledging that the legal system is a key player in shaping individuals’ social construction of their reality, I share narratives as to how some Puerto Ricans exercise the negation of U.S. citizenship to assert their cultural national identity when confronted with oppressive legal structures and unequal socio-political arrangements. My discussion illustrates how citizenship is much more than a legal construct; it is also a subjective experience that leads to agency.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: Citizenship, Puerto Rico, Cultural National Identity, Colonialism, Unincorporated Territory, Puerto Rican Citizenship, Caribbean

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Date posted: June 20, 2013 ; Last revised: June 25, 2013

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Font-Guzmán, Jacqueline, Confronting a Colonial Legacy: Asserting Puerto Rican Identity by Legally Renouncing U.S. Citizenship (June 1, 2013). Centro Journal, Spring 2013, Vol. XXV, No. 1 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2280478

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Creighton University ( email )
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Omaha, NE 68178
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