City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami / Edition 1

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'America's Riviera, ' projecting fantasies of wealth and excess, Miami occupies a unique place in our national imagination. This thin strip of land between jungle and reef has become the nation's foremost experiment in multicultural living.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Challenging a classical economic theory that the development of a city is governed by commercial and geographic imperatives, sociology professors Portes (Johns Hopkins) and Stepick (Florida International) show that Miami is the creation of ``chance and individual wills.'' Having nothing in particular to offer except sun and sea, Miami seemed destined to be a tourist and retirement haven until Carribean politics turned it into a dynamic international city and what the authors call the ``nation's first full-fledged experiment in bicultural living in the contemporary era.'' They present an unusually rich history of the city from Ponce de Leon to the present, but the focus is squarely on the migrations of Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans in the 1970s and 1980s, and on the effects of their ascendancy on the established population of Anglos, Native Americans and African Americans. Much of the authors' highly readable material is drawn from studies funded by the Ford Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520089327
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/1994
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 1,249,540
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
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 Reprise 203
Postscript: In the Eye of the Storm 223
Notes 229
Bibliography 259
Index 275
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