By Alejandro Portes
The authors display how the Cuban good fortune tale has remodeled the nature of Miami whereas delineating extra sharply the id of alternative ethnic groups. --New York instances ebook Review"Makes a case for the significance of political capital . . . in development ethnic solidarity."--Contemporary Sociology
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8 With the passage of time, the intertwined themes of power, class, race, and ethnicity. and the associated controversies came to define how students of urban life thought about the American city. Although the answers given by "pluralists" and "elitists," "locals" and "cosmopolitans," and ''melting pot" versus "social mosaic" advocates differed, the questions remained consistent: Who really governs? How does outside business control affect civic welfare? Why are ethnic minorities outside the social mainstream?
As his legal debts mounted, the now unemployed policeman appeared to have reached the end of the rope. He had one advantage, though. Among his fellow Colombians and much of the Latin population Lozano was seen, if not exactly as a hero, at least as a victim and scapegoat. His first public broadcast over Miami Cuban radio netted $150,000 in contributions; subsequent appeals produced substantial amounts as well. The fact that Lozano was "a known criminal" did not seem to lessen him in the eyes of his fellow Latins.
By permission of Yale University Press. Page 8 Researchers approaching modern Miami with the same time-honored ideas and the same methodological tools, however, would be in for a shock. Although the city is in the United States, it does not resemble in the slightest the models of Yankee City and other urban classics. Nor does it fit very well more recent descriptions of a "social mosaic" composed of established ethnic groups that maintain certain elements of their culture under the hegemonic umbrella of a white Protestant elite.