Ramón E. Soto-Crespo


On his book Mainland Passage: The Cultural Anomaly of Puerto Rico

Cover Interview of September 13, 2009


Mainland Passage challenges readers to understand non-normative forms, of governance and of belonging, in their own context.  This implies not only diversity on different modalities within the nation-state form, but also diversity in the shape of those forms themselves.

In the Puerto Rican context it means that a non-normative state was institutionalized in 1951.  It means that this borderland state introduces an affirmative perspective in the Puerto Rican context.  In the Latin American context the borderland state challenges the idea of nation-state or political nationalism as the only possible venue for the creation of a collective entity.

To embrace this institutionalized political form means to affirm cultural difference.  To negate it, to claim that it is colonial, would only lead to a rejection of one of the most insightful contributions to contemporary global diversity.

In other words, to fail to understand the Puerto Rican borderland in its own right would lead us to a world ruled by more of the same.

© 2009 Ramón Soto-Crespo