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Global Cities: Miami, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Dr Robert Vanderbeck
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 5 Session: Urban Social Geographies of Miami

This session will involve lecture and discussion on key aspects of Miami’s urban social geographies. We will begin with a lecture providing an overview of key dimensions of Miami’s diverse social geography. We will then turn to a discussion of three key readings that help provide theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding social diversity, inequality, polarisation, and community within the context of a rapidly changing ‘global’ city such as Miami.

To prepare for the session:

1. Read and bring copies (electronic or printed)of the three key readings.

2. Bring with you a copy of a piece you have found in a newspaper or other source (e.g. the Miami Herald ) published in the past two years that relates to some dimension of Miami’s social geography.

Key Readings (REQUIRED)

Nijman, J. (2007). Locals, exiles and cosmopolitans: a theoretical argument about identity and place in Miami. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie = Journal of economic and social geography., 98 (2), 176-187.

LiPuma,E, and Koelble, T. (2005) Cultures of circulation and the urban imaginary: Miami as example and exemplar. Public culture : bulletin of the Society for Transnational Cultural Studies. 17: 153-179. - Available online: http://publicculture.dukejournals.org/content/17/1/153.full.pdf+html Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Optional Additional Reading

Nijman, J. (1997). Globalization to a Latin beat: The Miami growth machine. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science., 164-177.

Supplemental Readings

On Miami’ ‘status’ as a global city

Sassen, Saskia, and Alejandro Portes (1993) "Miami: a new global city?." Contemporary sociology. 22.4: 471-477.

Grosfoguel, R. (1995). Global logics in the Caribbean city system: the case of Miami. In: World cities in a world-system, 156-170.

Nijman, J. (1996). Breaking the rules: Miami in the urban hierarchy. Urban geography., 17 (1), 5-22. Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE

On dimension of ethnicity and race in Miami

Croucher, S. L. (1999). Ethnic Inventions: Constructing and Deconstructing Miami's Culture Clash. Pacific Historical Review, 68 (2), 233-251.

Rose, C. N. (2012). Tourism and the Hispanicization of Race in Jim Crow Miami, 1945–1965. Journal of Social History., 45 (3), 735-756.

Grenier, G.J. and Castro, M. (2001) ‘Blacks and Cubans in Miami: The Negative Consequences of the Cuban Enclave on Ethnic Relations’ in Jones-Corea, M. (Ed.) Governing American cities : inter-ethnic coalitions, competitions, and conflict, New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Banet-Weiser, Sarah (2003) Elian Gonzalez and ‘the purpose of America’: nation, family and the child-citizen. American Quarterly. 55:149-78.

McHugh, K.E., Miyares, I.M., and Skop, E.H. (1997) The magnetism of Miami: segmented paths in Cuban migration. Geographical Review. 87: 504-519.

Portes, A. (1987) The social origins of the Cuban enclave economy of Miami. Sociological perspectives. 30(4): 340-72.

Card, D. The impact of the Mariel Boatlift on the Miami labor market. NBER Working Paper No. 3069. Available at: http://www.nber.org/papers/w3069

Lukinbeal, C., Price, P. L., & Buell, C. (2012). Rethinking “Diversity” Through Analyzing Residential Segregation Among Hispanics in Phoenix, Miami, and Chicago. The professional geographer., 64 (1), 109-124.

Siegel, A. (2012). Why Is This Wave Different From All Other Waves? Jewish Miami: The Changing Face of Institutional Interaction in Three Phases.


Banet-Weiser, S. (2003). Elian Gonzalez and" The Purpose of America": Nation, Family, and the Child-Citizen. American Quarterly., 55 (2), 149-178.

Eitle, D., & Taylor, J. (2008). Are Hispanics the new ‘Threat’? Minority group threat and fear of crime in Miami-Dade County. Social science research., 37 (4), 1102-1115.


Samara, T. R., & Chang, G. (2008). Gentrifying Downtown Miami. Race, Poverty and the Environment, 15 (1), 14-16. Available at: http://www.urbanhabitat.org/node/1807

Feldman, M. (2011). The role of neighborhood organizations in the production of gentrifiable urban space: the case of Wynwood, Miami's Puerto Rican barrio. http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/etd/540/


Karr, J. (2011). The Feud between the Queen and the Diva: How a Property Dispute Underscores the Relevance of a South Beach Gay Bar. http://works.bepress.com/justin_karr/1/  

Kurtz, S. P. (2008). Butterflies under cover: Cuban and Puerto Rican gay masculinities in Miami. The Journal of Men's Studies, 7 (3), 371-390. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Diaz, R. M., Ayala, G., Bein, E., Henne, J., & Marin, B. V. (2001). The impact of homophobia, poverty, and racism on the mental health of gay and bisexual Latino men: findings from 3 US cities. American Journal of Public Health., 91 (6), 927.

Peña, S. (2010). Gender and Sexuality in Latina/o Miami: Documenting Latina Transsexual Activists. Gender & history., 22 (3), 755-772.

O’Neill, Natalie ‘Gays leaving unfriendly South Beach for Fort Lauderdale’. January 2010. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2010-01-14/news/gays-are-leaving-south-beach-for-fort-lauderdale/

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Week 7 Session: Urban Visual Culture

This session will include a lecture and a discussion on Miami’s urban visual culture. The lecture will deal with the cultural-artistic geographies of Miami, and the Art Deco District in South Beach in particular. The discussion will flesh out the key and supplemental readings that give pointers in conceptualising the roles, uses and claims with regard to urban visual culture in Miami and in global cities in general.

Key Readings

Curtis, J. (1982). Art Deco Architecture in Miami Beach. Journal of cultural geography ISSN: 0887-3631 3(1): 51–63. Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE

Nijman, J. (2011). Miami : mistress of the Americas, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press – read parts about art deco: pages 35, 40, 50, 64, 166–167.

Yúdice, G. (2003). ‘The Globalization of Latin America: Miami’ in The expediency of culture : uses of culture in the global era, Durham: Duke University Press, 192–213. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  Chapter 7 Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE

Zebracki, M. (2017). Urban Preservation and the Queerying Spaces of (Un)Remembering: Memorial Landscapes of the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District. Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098017709197.

Supplemental Readings

On roles, uses and claims regarding public art
Hall, T. and Smith, C. (2005). ‘Public Art in the City: Meanings, Values, Attitudes and Roles’ in Miles, M. and Hall, T. (Eds.) Interventions: Advances in Art and Urban Futures, Bristol: Intellect, 175–179.

Cameron, S. and Coaffee, J. (2005). Art, Gentrification and Regeneration From Artist As Pioneer to Public Arts. European Journal of Housing Policy, 5(1): 39–58.

Zebracki, M., Van der Vaart, R. & Van Aalst, I. (2010). Deconstructing Public Artopia: Situating Public-Art Claims Within Practice. Geoforum. 41(5): 786–795.

On visual research
Batram, R. (2010). ‘Geography and the Interpretation of Visual Imagery’ in Clifford, N., French, S. and Valentine, G. (Eds.) Key Methods in Geography, London: Sage, 131–140. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  Chapter 10 Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE  

Pinder, D. (2005). Art of Urban Exploration. Cultural geographies., 12: 383–411.

Rose, G. (1996). Teaching Visualised Geographies: Towards a Methodology for the Interpretation of Cisual Materials. Journal of geography in higher education., 20(3): 281–294.

On graphic design in Miami
Turkel, B. (2000). New design. Miami, Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishers.

On Miami and film
Lyons, J. (2010). Miami vice. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Online resources on public art in Miami
Art in Public Places, Village of Palmetto Bay. https://web.archive.org/web/20170218081828/http://www.palmettobay-fl.gov/content/art-public-places-0

Art in State Buildings, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. http://www.florida-arts.org/programs/asb/

Florida Association of Public Art Administrators. http://www.floridapublicart.org/

McKinley, M., E. Blumenfeld (2010), The City of Coral Gables Master Art Plan, Five Year Work Plan. City of Coral Gables. http://www.coralgables.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=1812

This list was last updated on 23/10/2017