Miami has long captured the world's attention in provocative
ways. During the 1980s, a series of violent racial disturbances
focused national and international attention there as analysts and
observers scrambled to explain the demise of the "Magic City." What
has emerged is a popular image of Miami as an urban area in which
three distinct ethnic groups- Hispanics, Blacks, and Anglos- are
pitted against one another in a battle for limited political,
economic, and social resources.
Sheila L. Croucher uses Miami as a laboratory in which to
explore the social and political construction of ethnic identities
and ethnic group conflict. Incorporating interviews with community
leaders, politicians, journalists, and business people, as well as
periodical and popular literature on Miami, this book examines how
social constructs emerge and become accepted, as well as how these
definitions reflect the pull of vested interests locally,
nationally, and even internationally.
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