New PDF release: American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political

By Julian Go

When the USA took regulate of the Philippines and Puerto Rico within the wake of the Spanish-American struggle, 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 college platforms, they usually arrange American-style elections and governmental associations. The officers aimed their classes in democratic executive on the political elite: the particularly small classification of the rich, expert, and politically robust inside each one colony. whereas they retained final keep an eye on for themselves, the americans allow the elite vote, carry neighborhood workplace, and formulate laws in nationwide assemblies.

American Empire and the Politics of Meaning is an exam of the way those efforts to supply the elite of Puerto Rico and the Philippines a realistic schooling in self-government performed out at the floor within the early years of yankee 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 acquired, creatively engaged, and occasionally silently subverted the american citizens’ ostensibly benign intentions. instead of discovering that the try and transplant American-style democracy resulted in incommensurable “culture clashes,” move assesses complicated procedures of cultural lodging and transformation. via combining wealthy old element with broader theories of that means, tradition, and colonialism, he presents an cutting edge examine of the hidden intersections of political strength and cultural meaning-making in America’s earliest in another country empire.

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