This paper puts forth the concept of colonial state terror as a category for the analysis of the uses of political violence in the Puerto Rican colonial conflict by US and Puerto Rican governments and pro-state organisations. To this end, the paper is divided in three general parts: firstly, it provides an analysis of the legal and political definition of US colonialism through the concept of the colonial state of exception; secondly, it exposes the concept of colonial state terror; and thirdly, it develops a brief history of the uses of colonial state terror in the long history of US colonialism in Puerto Rico. In doing so, this paper seeks to establish a research agenda for the better understanding of the relationship between colonialism, political violence, law and de-politicisation.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Colonial State Terror in Puerto Rico: A Research Agenda
|Published - 2016
- State of Exception
- State Crime
- Estado de Excepción
- Crímenes de estado