The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.

The Family in Puerto Rico: Colonialism, Industrialization, and Migration

The family in Puerto Rico: Colonialism, industrialization, and migration
Maura I.Toro-Morn

Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans

Government, Demographics, and History

Of all the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has the most peculiar status (Duany, 2002). In 1493 Puerto Rico was colonized by Spain and remained in its control until the Spanish-American War in 1898, making it one of the countries with the longest Hispanic influence in the hemisphere. On July 25, 1898, Puerto Rico was invaded by U.S. troops and taken under U.S. control. Over 100 years of U.S. influence has meant “an intense penetration of American capital, commodities, laws, and customs, unequaled in other Latin American countries” (Duany, 2002, p. 1). Puerto Rican national identity ...

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