City on the edge: the transformation of Miami by Alejandro Portes

By Alejandro Portes

The authors demonstrate how the Cuban good fortune tale has remodeled the nature of Miami whereas delineating extra sharply the id of different ethnic groups. --New York instances ebook Review"Makes a case for the significance of political capital . . . in construction ethnic solidarity."--Contemporary Sociology

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He learned while he was in Rochester, New York, not while he lived in Miami, Florida. It is popular there to be bilingual; it isn't popular in Miami. Cuban civic activist, head of a multiethnic community organization, emigrated in the early 1960s (1986): Language has great importance because if an individual owns a store whose clients come from Latin America, he will need bilingual employees. During Christmastime, ninety percent of the stores advertise for bilingual employees. To a person who does not know the language, this situation represents an economic problem because he knows that, unless he knows Spanish, he would not compete successfully in the labor market.

4. MinoritiesFloridaMiami.  Stepick, Alex.  Title. 48-1984. Page v For Maria Patricia and Carol, with thanks Page vii Contents List of Illustrations viii List of Tables x Preface xi Acknowledgments xv 1. Change without a Blueprint 1 2. A Year to Remember: Mariel 18 3. A Year to Remember: The Riot and the Haitians 38 4. The Early Years 61 5. Enter the Cubans 89 6. How the Enclave Was Built 123 7. A Repeat Performance? The Nicaraguan Exodus 150 8. Lost in the Fray: Miami's Black Minorities 176 9.

At present, several perspectives sufficiently broad to provide a coherent account of life in this metropolitan area are identifiable. The most common ones may be labeled the "Anglo cultural reaffirmation," the "Cuban or pan-Latin success story," and the "Black double marginality" discourses. By way of illustration, the following excerpts of statements made by community leaders in interviews, addressing four frequent "objects" of debate in Miami, may be taken as typical of each discourse. The statements are drawn from interviews, conducted between 1983 and 1988, with approximately sixty of the most prominent business, political, and religious leaders in the city as a complement to a large survey of the recently arrived immigrant population in the area.

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