By Julian Go

When the USA took keep an eye on of the Philippines and Puerto Rico within the wake of the Spanish-American warfare, it declared that it can remodel its new colonies via classes in self-government and the methods of American-style democracy. In either territories, U.S. colonial officers equipped wide public institution platforms, they usually manage American-style elections and governmental associations. The officers aimed their classes in democratic executive on the political elite: the fairly small classification of the rich, expert, and politically robust inside each one colony. whereas they retained final regulate for themselves, the americans enable the elite vote, carry neighborhood place of work, 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 flooring within the early years of yank colonial rule, from 1898 until eventually 1912. it's the first systematic comparative research of those early routines in American imperial strength. The sociologist Julian move unravels how American professionals used “culture” as either a device and a objective of rule, and the way the Puerto Rican and Philippine elite got, creatively engaged, and infrequently silently subverted the american citizens’ ostensibly benign intentions. instead of discovering that the try to transplant American-style democracy resulted in incommensurable “culture clashes,” pass assesses complicated procedures of cultural lodging and transformation. via combining wealthy ancient aspect with broader theories of which means, tradition, and colonialism, he offers an leading edge learn of the hidden intersections of political strength and cultural meaning-making in America’s earliest abroad empire.

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