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Race, Front and Center: Perspectives on Race among Puerto Ricans is a collection of essays that captures in a single volume the breadth of research on the subject of race among Puerto Ricans, both in Puerto Rico, in the United States and in the migration between the two countries. Its twenty-two chapters divided into seven sections address the intellectual, aesthetic and historical trajectories that have served to inform the creation of a national identity among Puerto Ricans and how race as a social identity fits into the process of national identity-building. The collection also engages the process of racialization of Puerto Ricans in the United States highlighting how their race has mediated Puerto Ricans’ process of incorporation in that society, how different generations of Puerto Ricans have understood their identity in U.S. society, and how return migrants to Puerto Rico have adapted or re-adapted to island-based understandings of racial and national identities.
Contributions by: Elizabeth Crespo, Zaire Z. Dinzey-Flores, Jorge Estevez, Eileen J. Findlay, Juan A. Giusti Cordero, Isar P. Godreau, Elena González Rivera, Mary Ann Gosser-Esquilín, Gabriel Haslip-Viera, Winston James, Miriam Jiménez-Román, Berta Jottar, Hilda Lloréns, Pablo Navarro Rivera, Victoria Núñez, Yasmin Ramírez, Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas, Kelvin Santiago-Valles, Lorrin Thomas, Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Alan West-Durán.
About the Editor
Carlos Vargas-Ramos is a Research Associate at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Race, Front and Center, is a timely compilation of essays on the contradictory location of race in Puerto Rican culture, that were published during past two decades in the CENTRO Journal. The essays offer a broad range of topics, from the aesthetics of race, gender and sexuality, the language of race in everyday life, the racialization of space, and the elusive part played by race in the historical construction of the idea of the Puerto Rican nation. Scholars and students alike will welcome the addition of this volume to the bibliography of race and race relations among Puerto Ricans in the Island and the United States. Aarón G. Ramos, University of Puerto Rico—Río Piedras.