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Experiencing Puerto Rican Citizenship and Cultural Nationalism says
EXPERIENCING A NON-SOVEREIGN NATION AND THE POWER OF NOT WANTING

In this presentation I discuss the beliefs and experiences of Puerto Ricans who chose to manage their own belonging and express their cultural national identity by legally renouncing what they consider to be an imposed United States citizenship. Recognizing that the legal system is a key player in shaping individuals’ social construction of their reality, I share narratives as to how some Puerto Ricans exercise the negation of U.S. citizenship to assert their cultural national identity when confronted with oppressive legal structures and unequal socio-political arrangements. My discussion illustrates how citizenship is much more than a legal construct; it is also a subjective experience that leads to agency and experiences of national sovereignty. I gathered data through in-depth, face-to-face interviews, participatory consciousness, and analysis of legal and historical documents.
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