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    Cultural Negotiations

    Puerto Rican Intellectuals in a State-Sponsored Community Education Project, 1948-1968

    Cati Marsh Kennerley
    The Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico (autonomous commonwealth), established in 1952, redefined the political relationship between the United States and its colony. The ambiguous political status — autonomy without sovereignty, self-government without self-determination — created new social, political, and cultural contradictions. The island’s first elected governor, Luis Muñoz Marín, was committed to promoting an essentialized Puerto Rican culture centered around the idealization of traditional rural life, while simultaneously creating a new democratic citizenship, both of which would bolster the new government’s legitimacy before its people. In this article, Puerto Rican scholar Cati Marsh Kennerley explores the collective work done by the División de Educación de la Comunidad (DivEdCo), the government educational agency charged with promulgating Muñoz Marín’s ideas about Puerto Rican culture and citizenship. Marsh Kennerley draws from a wide variety of sources to reconstruct an untold history, analyze its contradictions, obtain lessons from DivEdCo’s negotiations, and point out its relevance for understanding contemporary Puerto Rican culture. (pp. 416–448)

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    Fall 2003 Issue

    Abstracts

    Popular Culture and Democratic Practice
    Nadine Dolby
    Merchants of Death
    Media Violence and American Empire
    David Trend
    Media Education and the End of the Critical Consumer
    David Buckingham
    "Welcome to the Jam"
    Popular Culture, School Literacy, and the Making of Childhoods
    Anne Haas Dyson
    Open Mics and Open Minds
    Spoken Word Poetry in African Diaspora Participatory Literacy Communities
    Maisha T. Fisher
    Foot Soldiers of Modernity
    The Dialectics of Cultural Consumption and the 21st-Century School
    Paul Willis
    Cultural Negotiations
    Puerto Rican Intellectuals in a State-Sponsored Community Education Project, 1948-1968
    Cati Marsh Kennerley
    Contesting Culture
    Identity and Curriculum Dilemmas in the Age of Globalization, Postcolonialism, and Multiplicity
    Cameron McCarthy, Michael Giardina, Susan Harewood, and Jin-Kyung Park

    Book Notes

    Desis in the House
    By Sunaina Marr Maira

    Growing Up with Television
    By JoEllen Fisherkeller

    Latino/a Popular Culture
    Edited by Michelle Habell-Pallán and Mary Romero

    Brave New Voices
    By Jen Weiss and Scott Herndon

    Peace
    By Tucker Shaw