Liberalism and Identity Politics: Puerto Rican Community Organizations and Collective Action in New York City


José E. Cruz


This book is a recollection and analysis of the role of ethnic identity in Puerto Rican community institutional development and collective action in New York City between 1960-1990. The book demonstrates that through institutional development and collective action, Puerto Ricans articulated and promoted a liberal form of identity politics in which ethnic identity and the idea of group rights provided a platform for the production of both individual and collective goods.

Book Details

  • 218 Pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-945662-08-9 (paperback)
  • LCCN: 2017006438

About the Author

José E. Cruz is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Latino Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of Puerto Rican Identity, Political Development, and Democracy in New York, 1960-1990 (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and Identity and Power: Puerto Rican Politics and the Challenge of Ethnicity (Temple University Press, 1998); coauthor of Adiós Borinquen Querida: The Puerto Rican Diaspora, Its History and Contributions (CELAC, 2000); and editor of Latino Immigration Policy: Context, Issues, Alternatives (NYLARNet, 2008).

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