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Special Issue Centro Journal: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rico

This special issue of the Centro Journal entitled Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rico will examine the economic, fiscal, political and unfolding humanitarian crises in Puerto Rico and impacts on stateside communities. Prospective authors are encouraged to present their research at the national conference co-sponsor by the Puerto Rican Studies Association and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies to be held October 28, 2017 at Hunter College in New York City.

More than a year after the enactment of PROMESA, this special issue focusses on the discussion of policy issues regarding Puerto Rico's economic, fiscal, political and humanitarian crises from the perspective of stateside Puerto Ricans scholars. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Humanitarian crisis: poverty and social safety net, socioeconomic conditions, migration
  • Economic crisis: Jones Act of 1920, revitalization initiatives
  • Fiscal crisis: debt restructuring, PROMESA, fiscal reforms
  • Political crisis: plebiscites, elections, status, U.S. congress and Puerto Rico, diaspora engagement

Guest Editors: Edwin Melendez (Center for Puerto Rican Studies, New York) and Charles Venator (University of Connecticut, Storrs)

CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Volume XXX, Number 1 • Spring 2018

SPECIAL SECTION: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rican and Dominicans in the U.S.

Table of Contents

- Beyond Labor Markets and Schools: Community-Based Youth Serving Organizations and the Integration of Puerto Rican and Dominican Disconnected Youth in New York City - M. Anne Visser

- Food Security and Access to “Balanced Meals” among Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in the United States - Melissa Fuster

- Mangú y Mofongo: Inter-ethnic Dominican-Puerto Rican Families and Community Development in New York City - Alaí Reyes-Santos and Ana-Maurine Lara

- Risk Profiles for Suicide Attempts, Drug Use, and Violence among Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Non-Hispanic White Youth in New York City:Implications for Suicide Prevention Initiatives - Juan B. Peña, Alexis Kuerbis, Rufina Lee and Daniel Herman

- El español y el inglés en Puerto Rico: una polémica de más de un siglo - Melvin González Rivera and Luis A. Ortiz López

- Ana Lydia Vega’s “Pollito chicken”: The Impossible Spanglish - Francisca Aguiló Mora

- The Geography of Bernardo Vega's Memoirs - Angel ‘Monxo’ López Santiago