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Experiencing Puerto Rican Citizenship and Cultural Nationalism says
PUERTO RICAN CITIZENSHIP: THE POWER OF HISTORY AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY TO CREATE AN ALTERNATE STORY

In spite of more than 500 years of colonialism and limited democratic participation, Puerto Ricans have been able to develop and maintain a strong sense of cultural and national identity. In this presentation, I discuss how a group of Puerto Ricans construct and reconstruct their identities through their interpretation of the past. What role does collective memory and history play in how a group of Puerto Ricans who requested and received a certificate of Puerto Rican citizenship, issued by the non-sovereign territory of Puerto Rico, experience their citizenship and their national identity? My discussion illustrates the power of history in uncovering subjective experiences that lead to agency.

Furthermore, it becomes evident that for these Puerto Ricans their performativity and sense-making of nationalism is embedded in a rich socio-legal historical context. My findings show how history, memory, and a legacy of colonialism impact the experience cultural national identity and citizenship. The research shared was conducted in Puerto Rico between December 2007 and April 2010. I gathered data through narrative in-depth, face-to-face interviews, participatory consciousness, and an analysis of historical and legal documents.
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