Puerto Rico: Cultural Nation, American Colony

106 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2009

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Pedro A. Malavet

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: 2000


A study of Puerto Rico's century-old legal relationship with the United States, and how it constructs Puerto Ricans as legal and social second-class citizens because of their cultural nationhood. The discriminatory treatment conflicts with contemporary notions of justice and morality in postmodern political and legal philosophy. The article articulates a framework for legal reform that is consistent with a new progressive theoretical construct of a pluralistic and communitarian form of liberalism.

Keywords: Constitutional Law, LatCrit Theory, Critical Race Theory, Colonialism, Territories, Law and Culture, Law and Society

Suggested Citation

Malavet, Pedro A., Puerto Rico: Cultural Nation, American Colony (2000). Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1496485

Pedro A. Malavet (Contact Author)

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

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