Guam CitizenshipCitizenship of Guam
and the Chamorros of Guam.
and the Chamorros of Guam. Abstract: In this thesis I examine a line of rupture in the historicality of integration and marginalization in the context of membership as equals in the United States through a case history of the Chamorros of Guam as US nationals and as tribal peoples in an uncorporated area in search of colonization.
From a tribal point of view, the Guam case poses important issues about the importance of citizenship, equity, ethnicity, and differences that are missing in U.S. history. How important is the history of Guam for the theorization and historicization of citizenship? How did the granting of citizenship help to bring the Chamorros of Guam into the Guam region and promote good manners?
How does citizenship relate to tribal identity as a matter of nationality? A multidisciplinary storytelling analysis of texts from different origins will examine these issues, taking into account the issues of tribal opposition, education and reform of collectively identity. In a diachronic manner, from pre-contact to the present, and synchronously through three new epochs of conflicting demands for conflicting domestic and international politics, citizenship and allies.
The research addresses the myth of the United States as an immigration state and as a single Godly people, and focuses Guam's search for the Commonwealth not only on the demand for personal and democratic prerogatives, but also on the creation of a policy chance for the United States to create an alternative affiliation paradigm that appreciates "deep diversity", involving more varied manifestations of intercultural and peo-solitical affiliation, and takes into account rather than subordinate domestic identity.
It is my argument that the decolonisation projects commercial viability with inclusiveness demands a renarrativisation of Chamorros as a non-governmental, non-ethnic group. An overhaul of this kind would make a clearer distinction between Guam's equivocal story of "inclusion" and the Guam people's wish for greater independence within a reciprocal relationship with the United States.
The rejection of this possibility in the name of shared citizenship should encourage the increasing estrangement of some Chamorros in Guam and jeopardise the interests of the US in the Asia-Pacific area. Fully inclusive, multi-cultural citizenship for these Americans demands both general human liberties, which are granted to people regardless of their group affiliation, and certain group privileges or a specific Chamorros state.