American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political by Julian Go

By Julian Go

When the us took regulate of the Philippines and Puerto Rico within the wake of the Spanish-American conflict, it declared that it should rework its new colonies via classes in self-government and the methods of American-style democracy. In either territories, U.S. colonial officers outfitted broad public university platforms, and so they arrange American-style elections and governmental associations. The officers aimed their classes in democratic executive on the political elite: the fairly small category of the rich, informed, and politically strong inside of every one colony. whereas they retained final regulate for themselves, the americans enable the elite vote, carry neighborhood workplace, and formulate laws in nationwide assemblies.

American Empire and the Politics of Meaning is an exam of ways those efforts to supply the elite of Puerto Rico and the Philippines a pragmatic schooling in self-government performed out at the floor within the early years of yank colonial rule, from 1898 till 1912. it's the first systematic comparative research of those early routines in American imperial strength. The sociologist Julian move unravels how American specialists used “culture” as either a device and a aim of rule, and the way the Puerto Rican and Philippine elite got, creatively engaged, and occasionally silently subverted the americans’ ostensibly benign intentions. instead of discovering that the try and transplant American-style democracy resulted in incommensurable “culture clashes,” move assesses complicated techniques of cultural lodging and transformation. by means of combining wealthy historic aspect with broader theories of that means, tradition, and colonialism, he offers an leading edge examine of the hidden intersections of political strength and cultural meaning-making in America’s earliest abroad empire.

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