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City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami

City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami
Author: Alejandro Portes - Alex Stepick
ISBN 13: 9780520089327
ISBN 10: 520089324
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1994-08-12
Format: Perfect Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $31.95

"The authors reveal how the Cuban success story has transformed the character of Miami while delineating more sharply the identity of other ethnic communities." —New York Times Book Review
"Makes a case for the importance of political capital . . . in building ethnic solidarity."—Contemporary Sociology

Publishers 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.)