Ramón E. Soto-Crespo


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

Cover Interview of September 13, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“A cultural history of a departure from conventional political and national forms.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“As a new form of political belonging, the borderland state combines attributes from conventional political forms (such as the sovereign nation-state and the federated state), but refuses to be either.”

On the second:

“The borderland state challenges the idea of nation-state or political nationalism as the only possible venue for the creation of a collective entity.”