Boricua Power: A Political History of Puerto Ricans in the by José Ramón Sánchez

By José Ramón Sánchez

The place does strength come from? Why does it occasionally disappear? How do teams, just like the Puerto Rican neighborhood, turn into impoverished, lose social impression, and develop into marginal to the remainder of society? How do they flip issues round, elevate their wealth, and develop into greater capable of effectively impression and protect themselves?Boricua strength explains the production and lack of energy as a fabricated from human efforts to go into, maintain or finish relationships with others in an try to fulfill passions and pursuits, utilizing a theoretical and old case examine of 1 community–Puerto Ricans within the usa. utilizing archival, historic and empirical information, Boricua strength demonstrates that energy rose and fell for this neighborhood with fluctuations within the passions and pursuits that outlined the connection among Puerto Ricans and the bigger U.S. society.

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They are ruled and shaped by social structures. If this were true, they would never be able to amass their own defense, to resist, or even to capture any power for themselves. And yet they do. Another answer is to view power as residing, for the most part, in social roles and structures, yet being subject to constant assault and potential transformation by the combined actions of all social agents. Social interests, habit, and passions set certain social agents and relations in motion or simply keep them going.

Individuals and groups, for Marx, don’t ever cease being active and creative. But they often find their actions turned against them. Workers labor and contribute to the growth of capital, which confronts them “as an alien power” that increasingly exploits and limits them, as “social structures” of “fixed, fast-frozen relations” (Tucker 1972, 63, 338). The dance model of power captures that dynamic of power not only in class relations but also in political and cultural relations. As against Foucault, dancer-agents have not disappeared in contemporary capitalism.

If the response is that the “field” changes, the theories can’t explain why and how the field of power changes. There are no easy answers to such questions. The temptation is to give those fields an independence that jeopardizes the role of social agents. Adam Smith did just that with his theory of an “invisible hand” that shapes what happens in a market place full of active, self-interested traders. 10 For Smith, the invisible hand was ultimately God’s. This attribution was more than simply a bow to religious orthodoxy.

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