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Introduction

Ismael García-Colón

in Land Reform in Puerto Rico

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033631
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038476 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033631.003.0001
Introduction

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Social forces in Puerto Rico drastically transformed the society during the middle decades of the twentieth century. This book specifically explores how the U.S. colonial state in Puerto Rico transformed the lives of its landless subjects by establishing resettlements from the 1940s through the 1960s. It examines the origins, establishment, and development of Parcelas Gándaras, a land resettlement community in the municipality of Cidra. It analyzes the factors that influenced the origins of the Agregado Resettlement Program, its enactment in the form of the Land Law of 1941, the establishment of communities, and the ways in which both the government and the residents shaped those communities. Topics covered include the production of resettlements and subjects, picking up the fragments of modernization, anthropology, history, and natives. This chapter introduces the theoretical, methodological, and personal paths that shape this study of land resettlement, power, and subject formation. The succeeding chapters trace out the processes of land resettlement and their impact on the lives of their residents. In line with this, an overview of the chapters included in this book is presented.

Keywords: Puerto Rican society; U.S. colonial state; Parcelas Gándaras; Cidra; Agregado Resettlement Program; 1941 Land Law; land resettlement; power

Chapter.  5016 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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