Puerto Rican Soldiers and Second-Class Citizenship

Representations in Media

Authors: Avilés-Santiago, M.

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Puerto Rican soldiers have been consistently whitewashed out of the narrative of American history despite playing parts in all American wars since WWI. This book examines the online self-representation of Puerto Rican soldiers who served during the War on Terror, focusing on social networking sites, user-generated content, and web memorials.

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Manúel Avilés-Santiago is Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture at Arizona State University, USA.

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"Responding to the fact that the experiences of Puerto Rican soldiers have been almost entirely absent from mainstream media for decades, Manuel Avilés-Santiago's groundbreaking study explores how they self-represent themselves and their role in the War on Terror via social media. This much-needed investigation is thoroughly engaging, important, and enlightening." - Charles Ramírez Berg, Joe M. Dealey, Sr. Professor, Media Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

"Manuel Avilés-Santiago's research has evolved from his keen observations as a youngster of the robust military contributions of his own family, to discovering a curious absence of a Puerto Rican presence in dominant representations of U.S. wars, to finally finding the Puerto Rican serviceman self-representations on social media networks, with particular attention to their racial and colonial subjectivity. Avilés-Santiago succeeds in carefully deconstructing and analyzing the self-created representations, and comparing them with what (few) representations have been made by the dominant media. Puerto Rican Soldiers and Second-Class Citizenship provides a window into the s the younger generations' self-expression - and opens up major areas still ripe for further study. This work is an insightful and carefully constructed project, a culmination of a lifetime of observations and probing - begun when he was a mere child." - Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Director, Voces Oral History Project, University of Texas at Austin, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-26

    Avilés-Santiago, Manuel G.

  • Saving Pvt. Fulano de Tal: Representations of Puerto Rican Soldiers in Television and Film

    Pages 27-67

    Avilés-Santiago, Manuel G.

  • Digital Bodies at War: The Boricua Soldier in Social Networking Sites

    Pages 69-102

    Avilés-Santiago, Manuel G.

  • Broadcasting Puerto Ricanness: Mash-up Identities in the User-Generated-Content Zone

    Pages 103-144

    Avilés-Santiago, Manuel G.

  • Digital Epitaphs: Web Memorializing Puerto Rican Soldiers in the Twenty-first Century

    Pages 145-171

    Avilés-Santiago, Manuel G.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Puerto Rican Soldiers and Second-Class Citizenship
Book Subtitle
Representations in Media
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45287-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137452870
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45718-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49859-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 223
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