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Global Cities: Miami, 2019/20, 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.

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

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: 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

Portes, Alejandro and Armory, Ariel (2018) The Global Edge: Miami in the 21st Century.  University of California Press.

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.

Gosin, M., 2017. “A bitter diversion”: Afro-Cuban immigrants, race, and everyday-life resistance. Latino Studies15(1), pp.4-28.

Gosin, M., 2009. (Re) framing the nation: the Afro-Cuban challenge to Black and Latino struggles for American identity (Doctoral dissertation, UC San Diego).

Aja, A.A., Zaw, K., Beesing, G., Price, A.E., Bustillo, D., Darity Jr, W., Clealand, D., Paul, M. and Hamilton, D., 2019. The Color of Wealth in Miami. A Joint Publication of: The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

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

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:

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.

Vought, K., 2000. Racial Stirrings in Colored Town: The UNIA in Miami during the 1920s. Tequesta60, pp.56-77.


Samara, T. R., & Chang, G. (2008). Gentrifying Downtown Miami. Race, Poverty and the Environment, 15 (1), 14-16. Available at:

Feldman, M. (2011). The role of neighborhood organizations in the production of gentrifiable urban space: the case of Wynwood, Miami's Puerto Rican barrio.


Karr, J. (2011). The Feud between the Queen and the Diva: How a Property Dispute Underscores the Relevance of a South Beach Gay Bar.  

Kurtz, S. P. (2008). Butterflies under cover: Cuban and Puerto Rican gay masculinities in Miami. Journal of Men's Studies ISSN: 1060-8265, 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.

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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 historic district on South Beach in particular. The discussion will attend to the readings that provide pointers for conceptualising the roles, uses and claims regarding urban visual culture in local and global contexts of Miami.

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

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  

Capó, J., Jr. (2017). Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press – read Chapter 1: Queer Frontier (24–59) and Chapter 5: Passing Through Miami’s Queer World (159–196).

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.

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


Willson, G., & McIntosh, A. (2010). ‘Using Photo-based Interviews to Reveal the Significance of Heritage Buildings to Cultural Tourism experiences’ in Richards, G. and Munsters, W. (Eds.) Cultural tourism research methods, Wallingford: CAB, 141–155.

Florida Association of Public Art Administrators.

McKinley, M., E. Blumenfeld (2010), The City of Coral Gables Master Art Plan, Five Year Work Plan. City of Coral Gables.   

This list was last updated on 30/09/2019