Date of Degree

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Women's and Gender Studies

Advisor

Rupal Oza

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities

Keywords

African American, Puerto Rican, Blackness, Race

Abstract

When did the racial categories of ‘Black’ and ‘Puerto Rican’ appear? In the history of colonization and imperialism, how did these categories and the communities come to form? What memories come to Black and Puerto Rican identity? How does ‘passing’, or movement between spaces, come to impact these categories? How does language, the word we use and the stories we tell come to define racial categories? This work is about how racial categories come to happen through history, memory, movement, and language.

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