By Ramón Grosfoguel
Colonial matters is the 1st ebook to take advantage of a mix of world-system and postcolonial techniques to check Puerto Rican migration with Caribbean migration to either the USA and Western Europe. Ramon Grosfoguel presents an alternate examining of the world-system method of Puerto Rico's heritage, political financial system, and urbanization methods. He deals a accomplished and well-reasoned framework for realizing the placement of Puerto Rico within the Caribbean, the placement of Puerto Ricans within the usa, and the placement of colonial migrants in comparison to noncolonial migrants on the planet method.
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In the capitalist world-system, a peripheral nation-state may experience transformations in its form of incorporation to the capitalist worldeconomy, a minority of which might even move to a semiperipheral position. However, to break with, or transform, the whole system from a nation-state level is completely beyond their range of possibilities (Wallerstein 1992a, 1992b). Therefore, a global problem cannot have a national solution. This is not to deny the importance of political interventions at the nation-state level.
The same can be said regarding gender hierarchies. Female migration implies a different experience from male migration. This is reﬂected not only in terms of the unequal access to resources but also in terms of the possibilities for social mobility, diverse logics of household strategies, and divisions of labor within the household. I advocate looking at the totality of the migration process of each migrant group in its historical-structural complexity: to analyze the geopolitical location in the global coloniality of power, the time and space dimensions, as well as the racial, class, and gender hierarchies in order to understand why some groups are more successfully incorporated to the labor market than others.
With very few exceptions, most postcolonial theorists come from ﬁelds of the humanities such as literature, rhetoric, and cultural studies. Only a small number of scholars in the ﬁeld of postcoloniality come from the social sciences, in particular from anthropology. On the other hand, world-system scholars are mainly from disciplines in the social sciences such as sociology, anthropology, political science, and economics. Very few of them come from the humanities, with the exception of historians, who tend to have more affinity with the world-system approach.
Colonial Subjects: Puerto Ricans in a Global Perspective by Ramón Grosfoguel